Noah Esmonde would rather be out in a paddock getting dirty on a farm and tending to lifestock than cooped up in an office.
Although having had exposure to family farms as a child, Noah grew up in Ballarat and during his school years at Ballarat Grammar was exposed to farm life.
He loved it so much that he's looking to make it his career.
After finishing year 12 at Ballarat Grammar last year Noah has moved to Wagga to study veterinary science at Charles Sturt University with dreams of becoming a large animal veterinarian.
Charles Sturt University's veterinary science course is renowned for its large animal program and focus on farming.
"I really nature a lot and I just enjoy being outside and being hands-on. I remember doing work experience in engineering in the Melbourne CBD and it was fun, but nothing compared to being on the farm and working and getting dirty," he said.
Noah studied VCE agriculture and horticulture last year, receiving one of two prestigious Premier's VCE Award awarded in the subject for his top results.
But he was unaware of the award until recently, having moved and forgotten to update his VCE details.
During his time at school he took part in all aspects of Ballarat Grammar's agriculture and horticulture program, including showing sheep and was the 2019 Ballarat Spring Show Junior Ambassador.
And being best mates with the son of the agriculture teacher, who lives at the Ballarat Grammar farm, he got to spend extra time out there and quickly realised it was something he wanted to pursue.
"My nan and pa had a farm at Bairnsdale but we lived in town for most of my life and I got involved in agriculture at school around grade five," he said.
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"I really enjoy science as well so vet science just makes sense."
Completing year 12 and its months of remote learning were tough as, for much of the first lockdown, Noah was at home on his own for large chunks of time.
"Me and two mates would go for a run three or four times a week to help keep our mental health. It was really good to get outside and get active ... which was one of the main things that helped."
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