I suppose I’m a fairly normal guy. I’m an only child, my family is of Italian background, and I grew up in Perth. I came straight to uni at 17. There was no pressure to go to uni – it’s not like all my family and friends have – but I never thought about doing too much else. I’m at Murdoch doing a Bachelor of Laws + Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) double degree.
I’ve been interested in journalism since I was 10 or 12 because I’ve always been a people person who wanted to hear about people around me and their stories. Law came along later, but it was part of the same general interest in understanding how society works and how people and organisations interact.
I looked into studying some kind of law/journalism combination at all the WA unis. Ultimately, I ended up choosing Murdoch because it seemed like the law school was a bit ahead of the rest. I already knew people studying here and they all spoke very highly of the quality of the law degree, especially the extra-curricular activities you could do to gain practical experience.
Outside of the course-specific stuff, I’d visited Murdoch a couple of times and really liked the campus. It seemed to be a very laidback uni with lots of cool places to hang out. My friends said the culture and social events were fantastic, and there were also a lot of handy scholarships available.
The law degree at Murdoch has a strong practical component, which is unique. I’ve competed in numerous moot courts, mock trials, mock negotiations, and other competitions. Some are assessed parts of my course, others are run as extra-curricular activities by various student groups, and others are run by the uni itself and give me the chance to represent Murdoch and compete against students from other unis.
As for my journalism degree, it is quite a practical course and we spend a lot of time writing stories, doing interviews, etc. This year, I’ve been able to combine the law and journalism sides of my studies by starting the Under the Wig podcast with a friend of mine for the Murdoch Student Law Society. We’ve been very lucky to have some fascinating guests on to talk about their careers in the law and give advice to me and my fellow students.
My greatest achievement is probably my participation in the Deakin International Arbitration Moot back in 2019. I was selected for the Murdoch Law School team and we had to argue a case against students from other law schools all around Australia. At the competition in Melbourne, we finished in the top four out of twenty teams and I was lucky enough to be named best individual speaker. That was a huge honour but more importantly, I had an absolute blast on a paid trip with my friends and met some great people from all around the country.
I also received the Murdoch First Scholarship and the Community Law Scholarship, which is awarded to one student every year and was an enormous honour.
There’s always first year mixers early in the year that I’d really encourage all new students to go to. I went along to one in my first week of uni and made friends who’ve now been with me for three years. Murdoch really is a very welcoming place and I felt accepted and at home almost as soon as I arrived.
At high school you’re there all day every day, with teachers looking over your shoulder to make sure you’re keeping up with your work and staying involved with what’s going on. At uni you have none of that. You manage your own work. You get involved in the clubs and events you want to. It’s all up to you.