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High school students’ fast track to university

Grade 10 Prospect High School student Jackson Clarke says he wants to go to university – he’s just not quite sure yet what he wants to study.

But thanks to the University of Tasmania’s Summer School program, Jackson and around 30 high school students from Launceston will get their chance to experience life as a university student.

“I’m excited to learn about the different opportunities at the University and get an idea about the different career paths that are available to me,” Jackson said.

“I want to keep my options open and take on as many opportunities as I can. I know I want to go to university and I’d like to go to the University of Tasmania, so it’s great to get this experience.”

The students will immerse themselves in university life and live on campus over the four-day program.

They will participate in a variety of activities, including a visit to the Clinical School at the Launceston General Hospital, classes in Architecture and Arts and a day at the Australian Maritime College, culminating in boat building and their Summer School graduation.

“Summer School is designed to be a fun-based week for students who may be the first in their family to attend university,” Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Quality and Schools Engagement) Professor Margaret Noble said.

“Our schools engagement programs are about giving students opportunities to explore and take part in a variety of post-schooling options so when it comes time to make a decision about their future they are able to draw on their personal experiences.”

The Summer School program is a joint initiative by the University of Tasmania’s Schools Engagement program and the Department of Education.

Pictured: Students get a glimpse of what it will be like to attend university with a visit to the School of Arts in Launceston before they join the summer school program from Monday, 4 December, to Thursday, 7 December. From left to right, Jackson Clarke, Tahni Van Dijk (Prospect High School), Georgia Dale, Kayla Wilcox, Zara McPhee and Phoebe Cassidy (Queechy High School).

Published on: 01 Dec 2017 8:52am