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The Parent Lounge Update is designed to keep parents up-to-date with everything they need to know about uni for their child.

This blog is regularly updated by USC academics and staff with tips and advice for guiding your teens through high school and toward their path to university study. You can also subscribe for bi-monthly updates.

Latest posts

Taking a leap of faith brings great rewards for mature age student
12 Oct

When I left high school, I was told that University wasn’t an option for me.

How Parents can help their child during the transition to University
30 Sep

The final years of high school are stressful! Parents, don’t worry! There’s plenty you can do to help.

Does my ATAR really matter?
14 Sep

For many High School students, the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) represents their final score after 13 years of School.

Previous posts

How to support your child in their QCE Exams
30 Jul

What we often hear from parents is “What’s the best way to support my child through end-of-year exams?”

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Worried your child won’t get the ATAR they need? There are many pathways to uni – don’t let the ATAR shake you!
28 Jul

2021 has been an unsettling and challenging time for everyone, particularly for Year 12 students.

Bank manager gains uni medal on path to medicine
18 Jun

After 22 years in the banking industry, mother-of-three, Kasey Webb, received the university medal for her academic achievement in the Biomedical Science program.

The love and passion of University study
17 Jun

Our regular contributor Dr Janet Lee looks at what motivates people to go to university and why it’s important to follow your passion and study something you love.

Changing directions, changing degrees?
14 Jun

One of the most common questions we hear from new students – and their parents – is “What happens if I choose the wrong degree?”

Never too early, never too late to study
20 Apr

A 45-year-old Biomedical Science student who “always wanted to go to university and always had an interest in medicine” has been joined on campus this year by her 16-year-old daughter through USC’s Headstart program.

Student support at USC
20 Apr

University can be an exciting and sometimes unfamiliar journey, but know that your child is supported throughout the entire process with USC.

Technology and the developing brain
20 Apr

Over the last decade technology has evolved and while many young people are aware of issues associated with excessive smartphone use, they can still be reluctant to put them down, says one of Australia’s foremost experts in child development.

Driller digs deep for career as doctor
10 Feb

A former fly in-fly out mines driller who recently graduated from USC with a Psychology degree is taking his career change even further in 2021 after getting into medicine.

Five tips for uni success
10 Feb

When your child is weighing up their uni options, it’s natural to have questions.

Headstart students Ashleigh Aubrey and Sienna Zerafa
Study USC's Headstart program online
10 Feb

Headstart gives Year 11 and 12 students the chance to study university subjects while still in high school.

What's new at USC in 2021
10 Feb

2020 was a challenging year for many.

Lots of different pathways... and they all lead to USC
8 Dec 2020

ATAR results are released soon and this can be a stressful time for parents and students.

Mum aims high as she reaches for career dream
8 Dec 2020

While Kristy Benson once thought attending university was out of reach, she now says studying Midwifery at USC helped her realise the importance of chasing a dream and the power of self-belief.

Study online in 2021
8 Dec 2020

If you’re thinking about a new career, you can get started with an online degree and have the flexibility to study in the way that suits you.

What does it cost to go to uni?
14 Oct 2020

Going to university is an exciting time for your child as they discover a new-found freedom in this next chapter of their life.

Career Spotlight: Urban Design and Town Planning
14 Oct 2020

We chatted to Mitch Tilly who is currently living every SimCity player’s dream – helping to influence and shape the future of the rapidly growing Moreton Bay region as an Urban Designer after studying a Bachelor of Urban Design and Town Planning at USC.

Tips for supporting your child from high school to university
14 Oct 2020

Supporting a child at university can be an unknown path for some parents and finding the best way to guide a child on this journey can sometimes be challenging.

What's your Parent Persona?
14 Oct 2020

We’ve developed a new online tool to help you understand your parenting style when it comes to supporting your child’s tertiary study plans.

Applying through QTAC: Frequently asked questions
12 Aug 2020

We’ve answered the most frequently asked questions when it comes to applying to study at USC.

Helping your child make an informed decision about going to university
12 Aug 2020

Young people may underestimate the benefits of a university degree.

Start uni in high school
12 Aug 2020

Is your child moving into Year 11 or 12 next year and can’t wait to start university? USC’s Headstart program might be for them.

A Parent's Perspective: Career paths
12 Aug 2020

Choosing which career path to follow can be a difficult decision for a teenager to make.

A Parent Perspective
17 Jun 2020

It was a proud parent moment for Debbie and Nick Orman when their daughter Rubie graduated from USC last year.

Career Spotlight: Environmental Science
17 Jun 2020

Imagine being able to help farmers grow a sustainable business while positively impacting the Great Barrier Reef? That’s exactly what USC graduate Dave Clancy is doing.

How to help your child plan for their career
17 Jun 2020

Choosing a career is a big decision for your child, what to ‘do’, what career to ‘have’, what to study.

Career clustering can help your child navigate post-school choices
16 Apr 2020

Our ability to earn an income is one of our greatest assets, and while choosing a career has never been easy, it’s even more complicated these days.

Student Profile: The future is digital
16 Apr 2020

As technology reshapes the world right before our eyes, we explore how the next generation of workers will tackle a changing future.

Tips for learning at home during COVID-19
16 Apr 2020

Many parents and caregivers have suddenly found themselves in shut-down home-schooling situations.

Does your child want a Headstart at uni?
17 Feb 2020

Has your child ever thought about starting university while still in high school? USC’s Headstart Program allows Year 11 and 12 students to get a taste of university life by studying first-year uni subjects on campus and gaining credit towards a future degree.

How cyberbullying affects your brain: study reveals
17 Feb 2020

Cyberbullying has a measurable impact on the brain even if you are just watching, according to world-first research from USC’s Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience - Thompson Institute.

Off on a new adventure
17 Feb 2020

It is the time of year when small children have shiny new shoes, when hats are just a tad too big for the heads they cover, when backpacks seem bigger than the bodies which carry them, and when there are nerves about school – from either child or parent or both.

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What's new at USC in 2020
17 Feb 2020

2020 has kicked off with a flying start as we saw a record number of students receiving offers to begin degrees at USC in Semester 1 following a major expansion of the University in Moreton Bay.

Career profile: Curious about Civil Engineering?
17 Feb 2020

Ever wondered what a Civil Engineer does? Well they plan, design, build and maintain the infrastructure we rely on as a civilisation – including things like buildings, roads, water systems and more.

3, 2, 1... into the future
11 Dec 2019

Some pretty important numbers are about to hit the streets, and their arrival has been hotly anticipated.

Teen passengers can learn how to avoid crashes
11 Dec 2019

As thousands of school students begin school holidays this weekend, USC has launched a world-first project to teach young passengers road safety over the Summer break.

The 101 Day Gap Year has begun
The 101 Day Gap Year
11 Dec 2019

Did you know there are 101 days between the last day of Year 12 and the first day of university? When used productively, these 101 days can be an opportunity for students to relax, open themselves up to new experiences, become part of their wider community and to prepare for the year ahead – possibly without the need to take a gap year.

Career Profiler: A Peak into Paramedicine
11 Dec 2019

A Wilderness First Aid course was the beginning of a rewarding career for USC graduate, Amy Chilman.

Dr Mike Nagel presenting at the Rewiring the Teenage Mind event
Supporting teens' technology use
25 Oct 2019

While many young people are aware of issues associated with excessive smartphone use, they can still be reluctant to put them down, says a USC leading expert in brain development Dr Mike Nagel.

Money to help your child while studying
8 Oct 2019

The big question of ‘How do I afford uni’ weighs heavily on new university students and their families.

Career profiler: Experience the world of entrepreneurship
4 Oct 2019

A group assignment during university has transformed into a start-up business for USC graduate, Jackson Dickfos.

Artwork of what USC Moreton Bay campus will look like
The uni options that are easing stressed parents' concerns
4 Oct 2019

Transitioning from high school to university is a big step, not just for students, but for their parents, too.

Career profiler - Steph Kaye
Career profiler: Getting savvy in social media
5 Aug 2019

You may scowl at your child for spending too much time on social media, however this fast-growing digital industry is paving the way for USC graduate Steph Kaye.

Getting an early and guaranteed offer to university
5 Aug 2019

Imagine knowing your child has secured a place at University before they even finish Year 12? The December period can be a nervous time for parents and Year 12 students waiting to hear if they’ve received an offer for a university place.

Student thinking
Why disadvantaged school-leavers avoid university
5 Aug 2019

In an era of increasing vocational uncertainty, navigating career pathways is daunting, and this is amplified for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

How do university applications work? QTAC explained
5 Aug 2019

If your child is thinking about university, they will need to apply through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

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Deciding where to live while studying
5 Aug 2019

Deciding whether to stay at home or move out can be a big decision for your child.

Career profiler: Keeping law and order
5 Jun 2019

Studying a double degree gave USC graduate, Beth McKenna, the opportunity to combine two of her passions, Law and Social Science.

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Take a tour of USC Moreton Bay
4 Jun 2019

Australia’s newest university campus, USC Moreton Bay, may still be in construction mode, but this doesn’t mean you or your child can’t get a look now at what it will look like when classes commence in Semester 1, 2020.

USC Open Day
Talk with USC at Open Day
4 Jun 2019

The people who attend USC’s Open Days come from all walks of life.

Understanding the future for our youth
3 Jun 2019

The future is always shifting and uncertain.

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Helping your child manage life-plan anxiety
10 Apr 2019

According to USC education researcher and writer, Dr Shelley Davidow, students are feeling pressured to have a clear plan of their future and hence are leaving school in states of high anxiety.

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Your parenting advice revealed
10 Apr 2019

A big thanks to all of you who shared your best parenting tips as part of USC's recent Harlem Globe Trotters tickets competition.

Parent asks child 'what are you doing next year, Maddie?'
But what is uni really like?
9 Apr 2019

You and your child might have read about being at uni or even been to an on-campus event such as Open Day, but even then, they might still be wonder 'what will uni really be like? Parent, Dr Janet Lee, shares a USC resource where your child can chat with a university student to get the real story.

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Moreton Bay Regional Council Scholarships
9 Apr 2019

Do you live in the Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC) area and have a child looking at studying at the new USC Moreton Bay campus from next year? If so, there may be financial support available through a range of scholarships.

Career spotlight – Clinical Exercise Physiology
8 Apr 2019

Did you know managing health, injury and disease with exercise is a fast-growing industry? Meet USC Clinical Exercise Science graduate, Claire Heck.

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The work/study/relax balancing act
6 Feb 2019

When students are studying, working and trying to fit in some fun time, it can feel as though they are always on a seesaw, trying to keep it balanced, while more stuff gets piled on the other end.

Artwork of what USC Moreton Bay campus will look like
Here comes the sun – USC Moreton Bay is coming
5 Feb 2019

USC is building Australia’s newest university campus, USC Moreton Bay.

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Helping your child thrive, not just survive their first semester
5 Feb 2019

The first few weeks of the uni semester can often bring a mixture of anxiety and excitement.

Kelsey Hyra
Is your child looking for a Headstart?
5 Feb 2019

Did you know your child can start uni even while they are still at school? USC’s Headstart program gives students the opportunity to get a taste of university and get possible credit towards a future degree, all while completing Year 11 or 12.

Career spotlight – Occupational Therapy
5 Feb 2019

Ever wondered what an occupational therapist does? Meet USC Occupational Therapy graduate Lauren Pratt.

The 101 Day Gap Year has begun
Join us for the 101-Day Gap Year
4 Dec 2018

There are exactly 101 days between the last day of school and the first day of USC’s semester.

The impact of cyberbullying
4 Dec 2018

Many parents find the unchartered waters of their child’s online world hard to navigate.

Five things I've learned since my children finished high school
4 Dec 2018

It has been over ten years since my first student finished high school and there have been three other students finish since.

Solar Nights
USC celebrates the festive season with Solar Nights
3 Dec 2018

As part of our ongoing commitment to our communities, USC is proud to present Solar Nights — an ethereal, interactive light trail for the whole community to enjoy.

Vanessa and Ben Watson
Setting an example for my child
5 Oct 2018

It’s been quite a journey for Vanessa Watson to enter her chosen career, one that started seven years ago with USC’s Tertiary Preparation Pathway program.

My child has applied for uni, what's next?
5 Oct 2018

Many Year 12 students have already clicked ‘submit’ on their Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) application.

Many paths, same destination
4 Oct 2018

University is not just for those who have gained an OP, or even finished Year 12.

Getting a Headstart
25 Sep 2018

Some senior students just can’t wait to start university.

The changing field of paramedicine
20 Aug 2018

Did you know that the landscape of studying and working in the field of paramedic science is changing? It is estimated that job opportunities for paramedics and ambulance officers will increase by 11 percent by 2020.

Getting an early and guaranteed offer to university
20 Aug 2018

It can be a nervous wait for parents and Year 12 students in the lead up to offers being made to university places for next year.

The new work reality
20 Aug 2018

Students today are embarking on a brave new world of work We explain how USC is helping future proof employment outcomes for its students and what support parents can provide to assist the process.

USC celebrates National Science Week with Dr Karl
19 Aug 2018

USC recently hosted one of Australia's most popular science commentators, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki AM as part of National Science Week celebrations.

How do university applications work? QTAC explained
1 Aug 2018

If your child is thinking about university, they will need to apply through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

University Open Days – open doors
19 Jun 2018

University Open Days do just what they say – the ‘doors’ of the university are flung open so you can explore what’s inside and discover a study path just right for you or your student.

How to travel without taking a gap year
18 Jun 2018

Travelling and experiencing a different place and culture can be a great learning experience for any young person, however it doesn’t necessarily have to stop your child from starting university.

USC Celebrates its 20,000th graduate
20 Apr 2018

During April, 1,700 students graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast across 12 ceremonies.

Meet our first Medical Science students
16 Apr 2018

This year, we welcomed the first students into our new Medical Science degree – an exciting new program giving school leavers in our region a pathway to study medicine.

How best to help your child when they go to uni
16 Apr 2018

As a parent, you play an important role in helping your child make their first year at uni successful.

How to make the most out of career events
16 Apr 2018

As Term 2 gets underway, you and your high school student will likely be attending SET planning evenings, career expos or university open days.

Common questions asked by parents
16 Apr 2018

USC Parent, Dr Janet Lee, covers some of the common questions she gets asked by other parents including whether to take a gap year and what students should choose to study.

Help! What to do if your child is not happy with their choice of degree
20 Feb 2018

Your child may have your child has enrolled in a degree, bought their textbooks and headed off to their first classes.

Give your child a Headstart
20 Feb 2018

Some senior students just can't wait to start university.

What does support look like at uni?
20 Feb 2018

Compared to the familiar world of high school, it's natural for university to seem a bit daunting.

Planning for success
20 Feb 2018

As a parent, how do you help your student develop successful study habits? Here's some suggestions.

101 days of Summer
4 Dec 2017

There are exactly 101 days between the end of year 12 and the start of USC’s first semester of uni.

On the right path
4 Dec 2017

It’s nearly time for Year 12 results.

ATAR explained
4 Dec 2017

From 2020, the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) will replace the Overall Position (OP) as the standard pathway to tertiary study for Queensland Year 12s.

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Exams? You've got this!
9 Oct 2017

Exams are stressful times for any family.

Mitchell Tilly
Choosing the right degree
6 Oct 2017

When thinking about university degrees, it’s tempting to stick with what you know.

Double degrees
Double degrees, double the opportunities
6 Oct 2017

Choosing a degree is a big decision for any young person.

Jordan Morris
USC celebrates its recent graduates
6 Oct 2017

It was a day for cheers and happy tears as hundreds of parents watched their children step up on stage at USC’s recent Graduation ceremonies.

All the uni basics explained in USC's Q&A video
23 Aug 2017

The transition from secondary school to university will require your child to master some new terms and concepts.

Go Team! It will take a cheer squad to make a graduate
11 Aug 2017

There is a lovely African proverb which says, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’.

University Open Days – road maps to the future
26 Jun 2017

When you are thinking about further study, university Open Days can act like road maps and guide you towards your future.

Exciting news! USC plans to launch new Caboolture study location in 2018
23 Jun 2017

We’re pleased to announce that QUT and USC are working toward the transfer of QUT’s Caboolture study location to USC.

How much should your child work while studying full time?
23 Jun 2017

Time management is one of the most important skills your child will pick up at university.