Eighteen-year-old Whitney Dickson missed out on a university placement but is determined to pursue a career with the police for
Eighteen-year-old Whitney Dickson missed out on a university placement but is determined to pursue a career with the police for

The wait is over ? uni hopefuls learn their fate

By JULIA ILES

UNDOUBTEDLY Tuesday night was sleepless for some Clarence Valley university hopefuls who found out yesterday if they had been accepted into their selected courses.

"It wouldn't have been so bad if we hadn't had to wait so long, we got our results in mid-December and had to wait up until now for the UAC (University Admission Centre)," former Grafton High student Caitlin Weatherstone said.

"I got my first preference which was a bachelor of applied science in wildlife studies and it was the biggest relief ever."

Ms Weatherstone will attend the University of Queensland's Gatton campus which is 80km out of Brisbane.

She has a keen interest in wildlife and has worked at the Coffs Harbour Zoo.

"I see this as a stepping stone to becoming a vet, and am looking forward to the course. I know I will love the practical work."

In NSW and the ACT more than 74,000 applications were made to the UAC and it was predicted this year there would be more offers than in previous years.

"Last year 53,371 offers were made in the main round and there is an expectation that more main round offers will be made this year," UAC managing director Andrew Stanton said.

Eighteen-year-old Whitney Dickson, who also attended Grafton High, missed out on her university preferences but is very happy to have the opportunity to attend Brisbane's Moreton TAFE Institute to do a one year diploma of justice administration.

"I was nervous to see the acceptances but knew that I would get into this course, I really want to be a police officer and it is a pre-requisite," she said.

Ms Dickson is excited about moving to the city and living with friends.

Meanwhile, a 47-year-old Grafton man has decided to leave the world of accountancy to pursue a career in secondary teaching.

"I just wanted to make a change and I decided this year that I'd had enough and wanted to try something different," he said.

He was accepted into a graduate diploma of education at both Southern Cross university and the University of Southern Queensland.

"I think I will take up the offer of the Southern Cross University as it means I won't have to do it externally and can drive down to Coffs Harbour each day."



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