June 13, 2017 Headspace: Don’t feel pressured by high school

Brock is 21 and works at a law firm as a learning and development coordinator and business development coordinator, as well as being a volunteer for Wear It Purple and Headspace.

The cool thing about Brock is he hasn’t even been at uni yet! He studied a Diploma of Management with a major in Human Resources, and will soon be beginning his Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Human Resources at Australian Catholic University in North Sydney.

What was the best thing about high school?

I think I look back on high school now and what I really admired and held close were the friendships that I had with people, some of them short term and some of them now long term. It’s something that keeps you going through your day to day life and they say it’s the best years of your life, and it really was. I enjoyed that as well as the occasional few fun classes here and there, but definitely the friendships.

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And what was the hardest thing about high school?

I think the hardest thing about high school was conforming to the school education system. I pushed myself to study all ATAR subjects and to complete the HSC doing the ATAR.

About half way through I had to leave school for medical reasons and when I came back, I realised that it wasn’t the pathway that I wanted to do and the school just told me that I had to stick to the subjects I was enrolled in for the next couple of months. I just said, you know, my headspace wasn’t right for what I’m in, so I think that was something difficult about high school.

Also, you’re expected to finish and know what you’re supposed to do and know what path is next. That is a really difficult thing to think about when you’re still in school.

Do you have any advice for other high school students in the same position that you were?

Don’t feel pressured. There are so many options out there, whether it’s college or another path of study or even go out and do some volunteer work and find something that you enjoy. Really just explore what’s out there in life, rather than just jumping and doing something that you may not necessarily enjoy and you just do for the sake of it. That would be my advice.

Lastly Brock, if you could live as a celebrity for a day, who would it be and why?

This is probably a rule breaker, but I can’t choose one celebrity it’s a tie between Ellen and Sia. They have both been huge activists in the LGTBQ+ community, they’ve always done right by me and they never preach hate, they always preach acceptance, love, equality and kindness.

That is what the world needs, more of those types of people out there and it really is just such a cool thing to look up to and see those idols in the celebrity world.


Erin Bromhead
is a contributor for A•STAR