One year ago Bow Bowing resident Alfie Laga made his television debut.
The former Mount Carmel Catholic College student signed up to be a part of the ABC and Princess Pictures’ My Year 12 Life, which followed a group of teenagers who kept a video diary during their final year of schooling.
Later this year Laga and the same group will reappear on screens for a Where Are They Now? special.
The 19-year-old said he had spent 2017 working at a nightclub in Kings Cross.
He also completed a bridging course which will allow him to study at the University of Wollongong next year.
“I’ll be doing a Bachelor of International Studies. I don’t 100 per cent know (why I chose that course) – I just really liked the subjects and thought they were interesting. As one of the major subjects, you have to learn another language,” he said.
Mr Laga said he didn’t expect to be selected for the show when the casting call went out on Facebook in late 2015.
However, he was stoked to be chosen at the end of the four-month screening process.
“I didn’t really think that I would get in. I just thought I’d see what happens for a laugh,” he said.
“It did take a lot of time up but it wasn’t a distraction. It was a bit tedious because I had to do the video diary … but it was also a good way to vent to camera.
“It was an enjoyable experience.
“I didn’t know what to expect but when I saw the first episode with the rest of the cast I was like ‘wow’.”
The 2017 HSC final examinations began this Monday, and the last one – drama – will be held on Tuesday, November 7.
Mr Laga, who received an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank), had some words of wisdom for year 12 students in the midst of their HSC exams.
“If I was to give any advice it would be to minimise going out, don’t follow in my steps,” he said.
“In My Year 12 Life I went out a lot – even during my exams. It really did affect my ATAR but I don’t regret anything because I did enjoy it.
“Also try and get into a good study routine. Don’t procrastinate or get distracted – make sure you are in a good head space.
“And if you don’t get the ATAR you want don’t stress because there are always other options.”
Where Are They Now? will air on Thursday, December 14 on ABC ME.