Published on 22 August 2013
A Dakabin Year 12 student who has already completed two courses at the University of the Sunshine Coast can’t wait to return next year for her degree.
Madeline Stevens of Northpine Christian College will share her experience when she joins guest speakers at the USC Headstart Program Information Evening on Wednesday 4 September from 6pm to 7.30pm at the Sippy Downs campus.
“When I was in Year 10, I heard about Headstart so I took my parents to an Information Evening at USC’s campus,” Madeline said.
In Year 11 she studied Photography and Communication and Thought at USC, travelling from Morayfield to Sippy Downs to sit in lectures and tutorials with the older USC students, handing in assignments and doing exams with them.
“I really enjoyed the courses and I’ve had the best outcomes,” she said. “My University experience was fun and exciting. The other students were lovely and either didn’t know I was still in school or admired me for it."
“My massive confidence boost has even helped my grades at school. I definitely want to go back to USC next year for the friendly lecturers and the relaxed, natural environment.”
Madeline’s newfound knowledge has changed her career preferences too. She now wants to be a primary teacher instead of a graphic designer.
The USC information event will start at 6pm with talks by current Headstart students about their studies at USC, where they can choose from more than 60 courses and potentially gain credit towards their future degrees.
Topics will include program benefits, eligibility, applications, course types and timetabling options, facilities, support, costs and scholarships.
Parents and students who arrive early can take a campus tour at 5.15pm, led by a current USC student.
USC External Relations Officer Macaela French expected about 100 people to attend the event.
“Our Headstart display and information sessions were very busy at the recent USC Open Day and we’re getting a lot of interest from high school students in the north Brisbane region in particular,” she said.
“Those who attend the evening can find out about the benefits of Headstart, the application process and the support services available for students both on campus at USC and at their schools.
“It’s a great opportunity for parents to come and learn how to support their child through managing school and uni studies.”
People wanting to register to attend can go to www.usc.edu.au/headstart or phone 5456 5456. Applications for Headstart in Semester 1, 2014 close on Friday 25 October.
USC Gympie will hold its own Headstart Information Evening at the Cartwright Road centre on Tuesday 3 September from 5.30pm to 7pm.
— Julie Schomberg