High school students keen to sample university life

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High school students keen to sample university life

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Published on 4 June 2013

The University of the Sunshine Coast is expecting record attendance for its annual Experience USC event this week, with many high school students showing an increased interest in tertiary study.

More than 1,600 students from 35 schools on the Sunshine Coast and surrounding areas are set to visit USC’s Sippy Downs campus tomorrow (Wednesday 5 June) and Thursday 6 June.

The event will involve Year 9 and 10 students from schools from as far as Brisbane, the South Burnett and the Gympie region.

USC External Relations Manager Kylie Russell said students would be able to choose from 28 workshops designed to give them a taste of university life.

“This event is set to be our largest to date due to the unprecedented demand from high school students who want to know what completing a degree at USC would be like,” Ms Russell said.

“Students have shown increasing interest in workshops on Engineering, Nursing, Nutrition, Paramedic Science, Sport and Exercise Science, Justice and Legal Studies, as well as the new study areas of Law and Drama.”

The event, which is now in its fourth year, has been spread over two days in order to meet increased demand.

Workshops will also cover subjects including Business and Information Technology, Communication and Design, Education, Health, Humanities and Social Science and Science.

Ms Russell said each student was required to take part in two workshops, which are designed to give students practical, hands-on experience.

“Some of the activities include conducting an experiment in one of USC’s state-of-the-art laboratories, creating an urban planning design for an environmentally sustainable suburb or sitting in on a mock emergency situation.

“Students will also be able to test out 3D modelling and animation, role play and taking vital signs in USC’s nursing simulation suite.”

— Jessica Halls

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