Taste test of univer­sity life for pupils

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

BUR­NETT high school stu­dents glimpsed univer­sity life on Sun­day dur­ing the an­nual open day for Univer­sity of South­ern Queens­land’s Fraser Coast cam­pus.

More than 50 Year 10 stu­dents from Gayn­dah’s Bur­nett State Col­lege, Biggen­den State School and Pros­ton State School en­joyed a two-day taste tester.

“Large classes can some­times be over­whelm­ing for re­gional stu­dents,” the univer­sity’s ex­ec­u­tive man­ager Brett Langabeer said.

“We give stu­dents a taste of what univer­sity study is like to help them de­cide if (that) is an op­tion for their post-se­condary school stud­ies, and if so, whether dis­tance or on-cam­pus study will suit them bet­ter.”

The an­nual Uni Life pro­gram be­gan in mid-July when a lec­turer and staff vis­ited the ru­ral schools.

The on-cam­pus visit was the fi­nal stage of­fered to help ru­ral stu­dents make an in­formed choice.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ON-CAM­PUS VISIT: Johnathon Pace of Gayn­dah learns about whales on board the Tas­man Ven­ture while vis­it­ing USQ Fraser Coast as part of the Uni Life pro­gram for Year 10 ru­ral stu­dents.

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