Finding the meaning of life through economics

20 September 2021
A scholarship supports an Indigenous student towards shaping his true self

Boston Seinor is a Yadhaigana man seeking a philosophical answer to an economics question – and it’s all thanks to a life-changing scholarship.

Boston Seinor

Pictured: Boston Seinor.

Enacting meaningful change isn’t something that comes quite so easily for most people.

For Yadhaigana man, Boston Seinor, taking a holistic approach to seeing the world is the first step to doing just that.

A recipient of the Sandra Cadwallader Indigenous Economics Scholarship and first year student pursuing a dual degree, Boston hopes to blend his studies in economics with philosophy to create unexpected solutions that tackle some of the world’s wicked problems.

“Many people are immersed in a world where they are all that matters, a world that blinds them from reality,” he observes. “In a world where social media rules and an artificial realm is created, these issues are amplified, while the emersion into delusion becomes deeper.”

I want to shed light on fundamental issues, real struggles such as income inequality and addiction.
Boston Seinor, Economics student

He believes that by being more present and accepting of less than perfect circumstances, the values of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice will help create a fairer society.

“I guess it is a far-fetched dream to rewire the way of thinking of the general population,” Boston says thoughtfully. “But if I can make a difference in the lives of a few, I will know that I lived a meaningful and fulfilling life.”

The unexpected blend of economics and philosophy

After falling for economics early on in life, pursuing it after high school was a natural choice. For Boston, it allowed him to “look beyond the façade employed by society and use rational thinking to navigate through a seemingly artificial landscape” and work towards a meaningful role in the community.

I often refer to studying economics as taking the sheets off reality and seeing the inner workings of society.
Boston Seinor, Indigenous student

“Waking up each morning to a meaningful and fulling vocation is a dream of mine,” he explains. “I guess that is all one can hope for; to leave a mark, contribute, and inspire change, both individually and on a structural basis. Economics is one of few degrees where that’s possible.”

Economics explores how the world works, and possessing an innate knowledge of what drives individuals, businesses and governments is key to inciting change and, with it, a mark on the world can be made.
Boston Seinor, first year student

His love of philosophy came during a rough time in his life and the change was brought about by a chance reading of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations. The novel’s core message of seeking life’s purpose through sacrifice resonated with Boston in unexpected ways.

“His writings motivated beginning of a novel I’m working on ‘ME2U’,” he shares. “I’ve secured a publishing deal, and we’re hopefully looking at a release date in a couple of years. Undertaking a philosophy degree will allow me to further explore this passion and dive into the fundamental questions that underpin my existence.”

A life transformed through scholarship

Boston still remembers the day he received the news of earning the Sandra Cadwallader Indigenous Economics Scholarship.

“I was at work when I received the email, I still remember it vividly,” he recalls. “I broke down immediately and cried happy tears. I called my mum first and we cried together, than repeated the same process with my old man, grandparents, brother, and a few friends. My hard work finally paid off, and it was one of the happiest days of my life.”

I felt validated and seen, recognised and appreciated. But most of all, I felt real happiness and joy.
Boston Seinor, Economics student

The scholarship has allowed Boston to really focus his energies on study this past year, taking away the burden and pressure from other work commitments, particularly during an unpredictable time. Being able to focus on study without having to worry about anything else was crucial for his mental health and wellbeing.

“This is invaluable,” he says of the opportunity. “It played a part in supporting me and I do not think I would have finished this semester if it wasn’t for the scholarship.”

To me this is more than a scholarship… it not only enables me to study what I love and pursue my passions, but it also fosters my development as a man.
Boston Seinor, Indigenous student

Family is the centre of his world outside of study, allowing Boston to live near his grandparents and be there for them while also affording him independence and freedom.

“The overall impact this scholarship has had on my life is unfathomable,” he says. “It is quite literally my golden ticket.”

Interested in studying Economics at the University of Sydney? Visit the School of Economics for more information.

Words by Margaret Tran.

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