Gympie Headstart student aims for nursing

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Gympie Headstart student aims for nursing


Published on 13 December 2013

After finishing Year 12 and two semesters as a Headstart student at the University of the Sunshine Coast Gympie, Sophie Goulis now has her sights set on a nursing career.

Sophie, 17, of Widgee, achieved High Distinctions in both of her Headstart subjects and now plans to start a Bachelor of Nursing Science at USC Gympie.

Headstart is an award-winning program that allows young people to study two university subjects while still at high school, with their efforts in most cases earning credit towards a USC degree.

Sophie, who was home-schooled via Groves Christian College, said it was the perfect introduction to university life and study demands.

“The program gave me a taste of university and the opportunity to practise and refine the skills needed to successfully embark on a university degree,” she said.

“The workshops, skills development sessions and help from lecturers and tutors meant I never once felt out of my depth. That’s why my first preference to study a Bachelor of Nursing Science is for USC Gympie.”

USC’s Headstart program has attracted more than 900 students from schools across the Sunshine Coast and wider region since 2003. 

The most popular courses in recent years have been Communication and Thought, Introduction to Creative Writing, Introduction to Psychology, Innovation, Indonesian and Japanese.

Sophie said the convenience of having a university campus based in Gympie had been fantastic for her family. 

Students who have chosen a study area at USC Gympie as a QTAC preference, or via Tertiary Preparation Pathway or Headstart, are encouraged to attend the USC Gympie Options Q&A Evening on Tuesday 17 December.

The event, from 5.30pm to 7pm, will provide prospective students with last-minute advice and answer their questions about studying in 2014.

The next USC Gympie Headstart Information Evening will be held on 25 March.

 For bookings for either event contact USC External Relations on 5456 5456 or USC Gympie on 5456 5800.

Jessica Halls

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