Old soul Gilbert is often told he was born four centuries too late.
"It might've been cool to be bumming around in the
renaissance period or the medieval period," he says.
His old soul might help to explain his love of reading history
books, collecting old belt buckles and trinkets and playing
the euphonium. But not so much his love of video games.
"Like I feel that I'd do quite all right 500 years ago as a
humble blacksmith or something. But at the same time, I'm
quite happy in this day and age and I can be a little bit
eccentric and sporadic."
Currently studying a double degree in Science and
Mechanical Engineering, Gilbert said he was urged by his
friends to spend time in the Beauty and the Geek Australia
"They regard me as a bit of a weirdo. But they're my friends,
so I guess, a lovable weirdo. I don't have a very good history
with girls, so I figured it might be a good opportunity to
develop my skills, as it were, and just become a bit more of a
confident person," he says.
Although his intellect has set him up with a good university
degree, he says his intelligence is not always appreciated.
"I often come out with a comment or a joke that people just
don't understand. And it's not me sort of being big about
myself, it's just failing to comprehend that they might not be
interested in relativity or something like that."
While he has experience tutoring in mathematics, Gilbert
fears his beauty students might not be quite as receptive to
his usual teaching methods.
"As much as I'd like to think that I could teach them,
whether or not they'd be willing to learn is the other thing.
For example, I tutor a Year 6 boy in mathematics. So, I have
taught before but he wants to learn mathematics."
With a passion for music he often passes the time playing the
euphonium, piano, ocarina and tin whistle.
"I'm quite a music nerd. I excelled more in Year 12 at the musical
theory rather than the actual performance aspect though."