Opening doors to university education
YEAR 12 students from high schools across the Clarence Valley streamed out of the South Grafton High School hall, clutching booklets and brochures on their university options. The future is in their hands.
South Grafton High School hosted the University Roadshow yesterday, where representatives from Southern Cross University, Charles Sturt University and the University of New England were on hand to help answer student questions about life after high school and what's available at university.
Southern Cross University student recruitment officer Ellen Fleeton said it can be daunting for students to try and decide what and where to study before finishing Year 12.
"Deciding where to study is a big decision for these students, and we are here to help," she said.
"We want to give them information about their options, and try and let them know about the courses, accommodation and career paths available.
"We also want to make students aware that they don't necessarily have to move away from home or go to a big city to get a fantastic degree.
"Now is a great time for Year 12 students to think about these decisions as the months ahead will be a very busy time."
The University Roadshow is a joint effort between the three universities, and will visit 10 high schools across regional NSW over four days.
Charles Sturt University prospective student advisor Bernadette Gammon said it was a hectic schedule for the roadshow, which is now in the upper Mid North Coast.
"We basically come and see all the regional kids across regional NSW, seeing about 800 to 1000 per week," she said.
"The whole roadshow is a three-week tour to give high school students a chance to learn what regional universities have to offer."
UNE student liaison officer Fiona Murray said there is a wide range of course options available for students to choose from, and it's exciting to be able to visit regional students on the roadshow.
"It's been a fantastic experience so far, a lot of fun," she said.