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Third-year Geelong student Luke McGowan describes his incredible experience attending this year's National Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values.
The Faculty of Business and Law was represented at the 17th annual National Student Leadership Forum by Geelong law student Luke McGowan. Luke simply describes the Forum as life-changing and feels that he has become a better person and a better leader because of it.
"I went to the forum expecting to hear lots of speeches on how to lead people, when to use authority or when to be conciliatory, all sorts of styles of leadership. But when we got there, I saw that it wasn't going to be like that at all. I was placed in a small group of complete strangers and was asked pretty much what is my life story and what drives me."
The Forum was spread over four days and featured guest speakers such as Major General Sitiveni Rabuka, leader of the Fiji coup and later Prime Minister, Australian War Memorial Director and former Leader of the Opposition Brendan Nelson, and Founder and CEO of OzHarvest Ronni Kahn. The Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition also made addresses to the delegates.
The weekend also included acts of community service around the Canberra area, viewing Question Time in Parliament House, and a "Forum's Got Talent" segment for musicians and dancers to perform. Luke, a talented saxophone player, was asked to play in the Parliament House Great Hall on opening night, an experience he says is one he will never forget.
"But for all the amazing parts of the weekend, the parts I treasure the most were the evenings I spent with my Small Group. I was with five other delegates, from Sydney and Brisbane, as well as our Group Leaders. I had an inspiring Sikh sports captain, a dedicated College President, an incredible Youth Pastor mature beyond her years and even the stylist from Better Homes and Gardens! Hearing their stories was truly humbling and I can safely say that while I may never see them again, I will proudly call them my friends for life."
Luke was instrumental in setting up the Faculty's Student Mentor Program at Geelong campus. He also plays a leading role in the Deakin Law Students' Society and acts as an Ambassador for the School of Law.
"I am truly thankful to the Faculty of Business and Law for sponsoring me to attend this life-changing Forum."
For more information about the Forum visit the National Student Leadership Forum website.