Nicholas does the Rose City proud
IF MEETING the Queen last year was a highlight for 21-year-old Nicholas Barber, being awarded the Queen's Medal at the Royal Military College must have taken the former Scots PGC student to dizzying heights.
Taking up a career in the defence force has allowed him opportunities he doubts he'd otherwise have had.
The former school dux graduated from the Duntroon college in December and received the prestigious medal, which is awarded to the staff cadet who achieves the highest aggregate marks in first and second class.
The modest graduate, who was in a 147-strong class, said it was a "welcome surprise", before praising his peers.
"It's a really good environment to work with like-minded and motivated people," Nicholas said.
"They are all enthusiastic young people with a sense of dedication and I was privileged to be nominated out of that group."
And it's that dedication that he thinks allowed him to reach top of the class.
"It's good to know hard work pays off," he said.
With two brothers already in the defence force, Nicholas said he felt joining ranks would give him good life skills and knowledge base.
For the next year, he will work on artillery in Brisbane before starting a career in intelligence.
"It's not surprising that it's challenging," he said.
"We're constantly being pushed out of our comfort zone and that's rewarding."