The Lounge Update is designed to keep parents up-to-date with everything they need to know about uni life and study at USC.
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.
3, 2, 1... into the future11 December
Some pretty important numbers are about to hit the streets, and their arrival has been hotly anticipated.
Teen passengers can learn how to avoid crashes11 December
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 Year11 December
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.
Supporting teens' technology use25 October
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.
Don't let ATAR shake you10 October
For the next generation of senior students and their parents, 2020 and beyond will be a new world, navigating a new pathway to university.
Helping your child make those big decisions9 October
At this time of the Year 12 school year, there are decisions being made about future study and it can feel like these are big questions about the rest of your child’s life.
Money to help your child while studying8 October
The big question of ‘How do I afford uni’ weighs heavily on new university students and their families.
Career profiler: Experience the world of entrepreneurship4 October
A group assignment during university has transformed into a start-up business for USC graduate, Jackson Dickfos.
The uni options that are easing stressed parents' concerns4 October
Transitioning from high school to university is a big step, not just for students, but for their parents, too.
Career profiler: Getting savvy in social media5 August
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 university5 August
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.
Why disadvantaged school-leavers avoid university5 August
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 explained5 August
If your child is thinking about university, they will need to apply through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).
Deciding where to live while studying5 August
Deciding whether to stay at home or move out can be a big decision for your child.
Career profiler: Keeping law and order5 June
Studying a double degree gave USC graduate, Beth McKenna, the opportunity to combine two of her passions, Law and Social Science.
Take a tour of USC Moreton Bay4 June
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.
Helping your child manage life-plan anxiety10 April
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.
Your parenting advice revealed10 April
A big thanks to all of you who shared your best parenting tips as part of USC's recent Harlem Globe Trotters tickets competition.
Moreton Bay Regional Council Scholarships9 April
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.
But what is uni really like?9 April
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.
Career spotlight – Clinical Exercise Physiology8 April
Did you know managing health, injury and disease with exercise is a fast-growing industry? Meet USC Clinical Exercise Science graduate, Claire Heck.
The work/study/relax balancing act6 February
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.
Here comes the sun – USC Moreton Bay is coming5 February
USC is building Australia’s newest university campus, USC Moreton Bay.
Helping your child thrive, not just survive their first semester5 February
The first few weeks of the uni semester can often bring a mixture of anxiety and excitement.
Is your child looking for a Headstart?5 February
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 Therapy5 February
Ever wondered what an occupational therapist does? Meet USC Occupational Therapy graduate Lauren Pratt.
Join us for the 101-Day Gap Year4 December 2018
There are exactly 101 days between the last day of school and the first day of USC’s semester.
The impact of cyberbullying4 December 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 school4 December 2018
It has been over ten years since my first student finished high school and there have been three other students finish since.
USC celebrates the festive season with Solar Nights3 December 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.
Setting an example for my child5 October 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 October 2018
Many Year 12 students have already clicked ‘submit’ on their Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) application.
Many paths, same destination4 October 2018
University is not just for those who have gained an OP, or even finished Year 12.
The changing field of paramedicine20 August 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 university20 August 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 reality20 August 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 Karl19 August 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 explained1 August 2018
If your child is thinking about university, they will need to apply through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).
University Open Days – open doors19 June 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 year18 June 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.
Help your child make the most of being on a student budget18 June 2018
Whether your child chooses to live at home while they attend university, or flies the coop, making sure they can balance their budget is a concern for every parent.
USC Celebrates its 20,000th graduate20 April 2018
During April, 1,700 students graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast across 12 ceremonies.
Meet our first Medical Science students16 April 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 uni16 April 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 events16 April 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 parents16 April 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 degree20 February 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 Headstart20 February 2018
Some senior students just can't wait to start university.
What does support look like at uni?20 February 2018
Compared to the familiar world of high school, it's natural for university to seem a bit daunting.
Planning for success20 February 2018
As a parent, how do you help your student develop successful study habits? Here's some suggestions.
101 days of Summer4 December 2017
There are exactly 101 days between the end of year 12 and the start of USC’s first semester of uni.
ATAR explained4 December 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.
Choosing the right degree6 October 2017
When thinking about university degrees, it’s tempting to stick with what you know.
Double degrees, double the opportunities6 October 2017
Choosing a degree is a big decision for any young person.
USC celebrates its recent graduates6 October 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 video23 August 2017
The transition from secondary school to university will require your child to master some new terms and concepts.
All about scholarships and bursaries22 August 2017
Learning to balance the household budget is one of the first challenges for new university students (and their parents!).
Go Team! It will take a cheer squad to make a graduate11 August 2017
There is a lovely African proverb which says, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’.
University Open Days – road maps to the future26 June 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 201823 June 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 June 2017
Time management is one of the most important skills your child will pick up at university.
Help your child get their first year at USC off to a great start22 June 2017
Your child’s first year at university is an exciting time, filled with new friends, experiences and opportunities.
Everyone studies at USC12 April 2017
The slight cool in the air heralded graduation season at USC, and this year the graduand was me.
Gap year blues?10 April 2017
After 13 years of schooling, many Year 12 students – and their parents – think taking a gap year to work, travel and play will be the perfect way to recharge before diving in to a degree.
Myths about studying later in life8 April 2017
If you’ve been helping your child research universities and degrees, you may have come across a program you’re interested in.
Online v face-to-face learning6 April 2017
When you’re thinking about university, the first big decision you’ll make is what to study.
My youngest child17 February 2017
My youngest child, the one the family has nicknamed ‘Bubs’, starts at USC in February. And I can’t believe it.
Family affair: mother and son graduate from USC together8 February 2017
A 46-year-old USC student who is also a mother of seven has shown it’s never too late to achieve your dream of getting a university degree.
Changing directions, changing degrees?8 February 2017
One of the most common questions we hear from new students – and their parents – is “What happens if I choose the wrong degree?”
How to help your child prepare for university6 February 2017
Is your child starting university this semester? These tips will help your new uni student get (and stay) on track.
Kicking study goals: How to balance sport and university8 December 2016
Do you have a sporty teenager? Going to university doesn’t have to mean sacrificing sporting achievements – or vice versa.
Need a translator? Common university terms explained8 December 2016
The journey from high school to university is exciting, but it can also be confusing.
Great expectations: What to do if your child's OP isn’t what you expected7 December 2016
OP release date is here! After 12 years of homework and exams, waiting for that number can be as nerve-wracking for you as it is for your child.
Tips for high school students preparing for university20 October 2016
For some students, starting university can be pretty daunting.
True grit: why our kids must learn resilience30 August 2016
In life and learning we experience ongoing measurement and assessment.
Graduate salaries: does it pay to get a uni degree?9 August 2016
University students sacrifice a lot in time, money and hard work to get a degree.
What does it cost to go to uni?26 July 2016
The cost of going to university is something that we often hear discussed.
How to help your teenager make a decision1 July 2016
Making a decision about going to uni can be tough.
Finding balance between work and study13 June 2016
Staying afloat financially can be critical to a student's success.
Testing not the way to foster love of learning26 May 2016
Too many of us are seeing first-hand the suffocation of children’s love of learning and self-belief as they encounter constant testing and boring prefabricated curriculum.
Is curriculum pressure killing students' joy?20 April 2016
School has resumed after a lovely holiday break, and one of my children didn’t want to return to school.
Balancing the budget15 April 2016
These never ending sunny days that hold a tight grip on summer remind me of when I thought school lunchboxes, permission notes and play dates would last forever.