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Students find out about life at uni


Brigid Veale
26 October 2009
Around 1000 Year 11 students will get a taste of university life when they attend the annual Southern Cross University Senior Schools Days at the Coffs Harbour and Lismore campuses this week.

Up to 500 Year 11 students from 22 high schools from Forster north to Grafton will
attend the Coffs Harbour event on Tuesday, October 27, and another 500 students will attend the event in Lismore on Friday. The day provides information on courses available at the University, how to apply and the support services on offer.

Meegan McHugh, student recruitment officer at the Coffs Harbour campus, said the day was a great opportunity to hear from current students and academic staff.

“We provide information on all the courses that we offer at our campuses here in Coffs Harbour, at Lismore, Tweed Heads and our new campus opening in February at the Gold Coast,” Ms McHugh said.

“The participants also get to hear from current students about all aspects of uni life, from the various ways to get into university to the full range of support services provided.

"Students will receive information on how to apply, costs and accommodation.

"Information sessions will provide an overview of individual courses, entry requirements and the career options for graduates.”

High school career advisors will also take part in a full program of activities including a presentation on ‘Work skill shortages and effects on career choices’ by Dr Grant Cairncross, a lecturer in the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Seniors Schools Day is being held at the Lismore campus on Friday, October 30, with around 500 students coming from Maclean, Evans Head, Ballina, Byron Bay, Casino, Lismore, Mullumbimby, Tweed Heads, Kyogle, Alstonville and Bonalbo.

Students will hear from staff, current students and a graduate. There will also be an information session provided by the Equity Outreach Program and staff from Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples on how they can assist students from equity groups to access university courses.

Photo: Meegan McHugh will be hosting Senior Schools Day at the Coffs Harbour campus on Tuesday, October 27.