Three Griffith high schools came together yesterday to get a taste of university life.
Marian Catholic College, and Wade High School joined students from Griffith High School to see presentations by Western Sydney-based Macquarie University.
There were multiple stations throughout the school to showcase different faculties, including Arts, Business and Economics, Science and Engineering, and Ancient History.
Griffith High School Careers Advisor Melina Ragusa said the event was “extremely successful” and was the perfect setting for promoting kids thinking about going to university.
“Students found out there are actually 12 different ways to get into university,” Ms Ragusa said.
She said having the three schools together, working together, was “really great”.
Careers Advisor Anna Bergamin from Wade High School was also happy with the event and outcome, agreeing that it was a successful day for the students.
“The students were really happy – they found the day to be informative, engaging, and worthwhile,” Ms Bergamin said.
When asked if Macquarie University demonstrated enough to encourage students to think about their future, Ms Bergamin said:
“Definitely. We are very appreciative of the University coming all the way to Griffith.
“It gets the students thinking about their future career aspirations; it exposes them to a variety of possibilities so they can then make informed choices.”
She also said a number of students who had previously not considered university life after high school, are now thinking about applying.
“There were a few who said they had added Macquarie to their list of preferences and had actually thought that possibility was in their sights.”
She added that the Macquarie University teachers and demonstrators made a point of highlighting the number of pathways now available to students, and no longer do they have to dwell on their ATAR figure.
“There are other ways they can get to university that they perhaps hadn’t even thought of,” she said.
Macquarie University Professor Sean Brawley echoed this and said it was possibly the students’ first opportunity to think about further education, and university as an option.
He said it was, for some students, “The first time they were daring to dream about things that made them passionate and excited, and we were able to point out how university education could help them there.”
Surprisingly, Ms Bergamin said the most popular demonstration on the day was from the Economics department.
Ms Ragusa said the next step is for the students to one day have an on-campus experience.