Head start for university
FOR MOST HSC students the final year of school is an academically testing and stressful time, but for Grafton High's Brodie Johnson it has been an opportunity to literally go above and beyond.
Miss Johnson is completing her higher school certificate, but unlike most of her peers there will no nervous wait on results as she has already assured herself of a place at Southern Cross University. Miss Johnson completed a university subject while she was still doing Year 12.
She took part in the Southern Cross University head-start program which enables academically gifted students to ensure themselves a place at university.
It was a huge effort to make it all the way from her home in Glenreagh to Coffs harbour to attend lectures and tutorials.
"I had to catch a bus early in the morning from Glenreagh to Coffs Harbour and then wait until the afternoon for the tutorial and lecture and then catch a taxi to the train station and then catch a train to Grafton where my parents would pick me up," said Miss Johnson.
"Initial concerns regarding the impact additional study may have had on Brodie's academic performance were unfounded," said Grafton High career advisor Scott Barnier
"We are particularly proud of Brodie's commitment to the SCU head-start program as logistically she had to overcome quite a few hurdles to attend each week."