We recently sat down, in a virtual sense, with Dominic Brown to find out how his experience Living at La Trobe has assisted him in his professional career and beyond.
Dominic lived on Menzies College from 2011 – 2013 and studied a Bachelor Laws/Bachelor of Science (Chem). Dominic took on a student leadership role in his second and third year on residence. He is currently working as an Associate in KCL Law’s Construction and Infrastructure team, leading an inspiring career.
What is your greatest professional achievement?
I have two; obtaining my university degrees and being nominated for a ‘Rising Star’ legal services award for two consecutive years.
I’m proud that I was able to smoothly transition from living and completing school in country Victoria, to living and studying at La Trobe, at a time when I knew very few people in Melbourne. University wasn’t always easy but I am proud of the exceptional results I was able to achieve in my legal studies and separately, in my science studies (where I majored in Chemistry and minored in Mathematics, two areas very different to law).
I’m also proud of being recognised by my clients and peers as a ‘Rising Star’ in the legal industry as it shows that my relentless work ethic and drive to achieve positive, commercially minded results for my clients has been recognised.
What is your favourite memory from your time Living at La Trobe?
Can I say, “the whole thing”?
I really enjoyed the social aspect of college the most. We had a lot of great events on our social calendar. Given that most students on residence were from the country, from interstate or from overseas, the social events were a great way of helping us meet new people and form lifelong friendships.
My closest friends now are friends I met while Living at La Trobe, and I still regularly talk to international students who I became friends with while Living at La Trobe. I was also fortunate enough to go on two Global Programs trips through Living at La Trobe (one to Cambodia and one to Nepal). These trips instilled the ‘travel bug’ in me and over the subsequent years I took a number of personal trips overseas where I would often plan stopovers in countries for just long enough to leave the airport and go and catch up with international students who I stayed in contact with and who lived in those countries.
How have your experiences Living at La Trobe helped your personal or professional life?
Living at La Trobe helped me grow into a more well-rounded and considerate person. It also helped me build relationships with people from all different walks of life and backgrounds. It is nice to be able to call teachers, physiotherapists, doctors, occupational therapists, nurses, chiropractors, podiatrists, lawyers, academics, stock traders (and more) some of my closest friends.
At the start of my time Living at La Trobe I was placed into a mentoring program where we met with other students studying the same course and were mentored by a student undertaking the same course but in their final years. From this program, I developed friendships with a lot of people who went on to find employment in the legal profession and who have since flourished into very talented lawyers in their own right.
What advice would you provide to current residents to make the most out of their time on residence?
Make friends with everyone on residence, and just as importantly, those students who do not live on residence. Make friends with your tutors and lecturers, they’re people too. When I was Living at La Trobe the residential students were pretty good at sticking to themselves. I advise against that. Make friends, make yourself known to others and get to know others.
Your time on residence is short and will be over before you know it. Study hard, but also give yourself plenty of time for socialising, sports or other hobbies. Finding the right balance is key. If an opportunity presents itself socially or academically, take it. That person you meet at University or that event you take part in today could open doors for you tomorrow (or years from now).