Wordsmith to forge his career in law
SEBASTIAN Boccardo, of Rivervale, has his sights set on a law degree after winning a State award for English last year.
Mr Boccardo is a former student of Ursula Frayne Catholic College in Victoria Park and said he changed his mind many times about what he wanted to study at a tertiary level but preparing speeches had always been his passion at school.
“I was originally thinking of being an architect, then looked at journalism but deep down it didn’t feel right for me; I’d always had law in the back of my mind,” the 18-year-old said.
When he researched law at the prompting of one of his English teachers, Mr Boccardo said he realised it was not as challenging or staid as he had first thought.
Mr Boccardo was the school’s head boy, so he had plenty of opportunity to enhance his public speaking skills.
He said he always put a lot of work into his English studies but even more so when he was up against tough competition in class.
He never expected to be presented with a Course Exhibition award for English, meaning he achieved the highest combined mark for English in the state.
“When it came to the exam, I walked out not really feeling confident,” he said. “I thought it was a tough exam.”
He attributed his success to the dedication of senior school teacher Margaret Rath.
Sebastian Boccardo with his former English teacher Margaret Rath.