Ten Minutes with Asher A, 2020 Dux
Now that you’re at the pointy end of your final year at school, can you encapsulate, in a sentence, how that makes you feel?
It’s crazy and almost incomprehensible to be coming to the final days of 1.5 decades at Carmel School. Although I do feel a deep sense of melancholy, I also feel that it is time. In Long Live, Taylor Swift sings that it is “the end of a decade but the beginning of an age” and that encapsulates how I feel now.
What are your plans for next year?
Next year, I intend to do an undergraduate in Biomedical Science at UWA, however, if that doesn’t actualise I will undertake the Bachelor of Philosophy at UWA. Getting a good balance of work and play will be crucial. I also want to be active in the community, both the Jewish and the wider community and am especially excited to not have to worry about pandemics affecting Year 12.
Are there any particular Carmel-specific takeaways that spring to mind as something useful to take forward into post-school life?
Really, practising the philosophy of work and progress, which dictates that with hard work comes success and if not success, progress at the very least. I guess that notion all stems from having hope. Other than that, really enjoying all the people around you, both staff and students, and cherishing every moment because eventually you will have to move on.
Who were the teachers you most connected with during your time at Carmel and why?
There have been so many influential people from my time at Carmel and I wish I could thank them all for their contribution and being more than just another brick in the wall. They gave me wisdom and power, and for that I will always be grateful. I do want to thank, however, all my Year 11 and 12 teachers for putting up with me!
Do you have any words of wisdom for those coming up through the ranks of Carmel School?
Sitting in class, wondering about protagonists or drawing on Windows Sketchpad can be the bore of your day but just try to enjoy every moment and know that enjoyable times are always around the corner. Also, I am a big believer in sleep over study. Waking up and going to sleep in regular sleep cycles is essential for concentration the following day. This is something I learnt from our Year 9 English documentary.
If you were able to look into the future and see yourself as an older man, what would you most hope to be able to say you’ve achieved in your lifetime?
I want to be able to have progressed the collective human endeavour, which sounds pretty lofty, but I think - in whichever way that may manifest - this would be something to look back upon warmly and proudly. But I don’t reckon living a life of rigidity did anyone too much good, so I guess I’ll see where life takes me.
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