Alumni Profile Paras Gameras (Class of 2017)
Since graduating from Oakleigh Grammar in 2017, Paras has spent the last 4 years at The Australian Catholic University studying Occupational Therapy. We were lucky enough to chat with Paras, and hear what life after leaving Oakleigh Grammar was like.
What are you studying/graduating from, and why have you chosen your degree?
I have recently graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at The Australian Catholic University.
I decided to become an OT as I am passionate about helping people and working in the healthcare industry. I have met Occupational Therapists over the years and have been inspired by their work and how they assist people in living a meaningful life. I want to assist people to reach their goals and regain their independence.
What were the challenges and triumphs of university studies?
It was quite challenging with online learning for the past 2 years due to COVID. This made it difficult to strengthen relationships and limited access to resources and educators.
The most valuable part of my course was the extensive exposure I received on placement. This gave me the opportunity to apply my OT skills and knowledge learnt throughout university. This also enabled plenty of exposure to the workforce and different work settings.
How did your time at Oakleigh Grammar prepare you for your further studies?
Oakleigh Grammar provided me with a positive work ethic and lifelong learning skills that I was able to transfer into university.
Throughout my university course, I was able to tap into prior knowledge acquired through school subjects such as PE & Health.
What was a highlight during your time at Oakleigh Grammar?
There were many highlights during my time at Oakleigh Grammar. Participating in school events such as the National school games and camps were memorable experiences.
Also, having an amazing amount of support from all my teachers, and the school provided a constant positive and happy environment!
What is one piece of advice you would give your younger self?
Seek ongoing support from teachers as much as you can, as you are left to your own devices in university.
What is a philosophy or mantra you would pass on to others?
You can achieve your goals with hard work and passion.
What are your hopes and aspirations for the next 5 years?
To continue to develop my knowledge and skills in my chosen field and help as many people as possible.