BYT: Dominic Weatherby
PUBLISHED: 15:57 20 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:57 20 February 2017
Framlingham College student Dominic Weatherby talks to WEL about his passion for learning, awaiting his offer from Oxford University and being an excessive tea drinker
Who are you and what do you do?
I am Dominic Weatherby and I am a student at Framlingham College.Additionally I am a prefect in charge of Academics, a job which consists of promoting the academic life of the school and (most enjoyably of late) making the arrangements for our annual Scholars’ dinner.
Where do you live and what do you like about it?
I live in Kenninghall, a small Norfolk village, which probably doesn’t even make most maps, but is steeped in a fascinating history, as a one time residence of the Dukes of Norfolk. I love it for this, and for its present-day quirkiness: one of those few places where woodland wassailings still feature every year.
Tell us about your family?
I live with my parents, my two sisters, Emily and Fania – though the former is mostly at Uni, and the latter peripatetic - and an inordinately excitable, outrageously lazy and somewhat conceited Jack Russell.
What is the most exciting thing that has happened to you over the past year?
It would probably be receiving an offer from Oxford in January. However, travelling around Hamburg and Berlin, as well as attending a language school in Freiburg over the summer was also lots of fun.
Who are your biggest influences?
My paternal grandfather has always been an important figure for me; I try to plan my campaigns within his guidelines.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Most likely sequestered somewhere in a library. Otherwise, I imagine some sort of further study or travel. I am interested in doing some volunteering work abroad.
How do you relax?
I am an avid reader, but also enjoy watching films, going to the theatre and exhibitions whenever I can and drinking copious amounts of tea and coffee.
What makes you smile?
Spending time with family and friends, bookshops, long walks, coffee, Italo Calvino and Buster Keaton.
What is your worst habit?
Perfectionism, coupled with being occasionally a bit scatty – the two don’t sit very well together.
What do you enjoy most at school?
I enjoy learning new things, having interesting discussions and seizing the opportunity to have different experiences. The view of the ‘castle on the hill’ (the same one Ed Sheeran sings about!) continues to enrapture me, especially when playing golf (of not a particularly high standard) on sunny afternoons.
Do you have a claim to fame?
I have been fortunate enough to have debated in the chambers of both the UN Headquarters in New York and the Palais de Nations in Geneva.
Tell us something about you that may surprise us?
My family history is rather chequered: one ancestor reportedly escaped arrest by throwing his cap into a river, thereby fooling his pursuers into thinking he had drowned; he later went on to be knighted and become a Privy Councilor. Another invented a form of early steam engine, 200 years before the industrial revolution