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Students get taste of university life

By Katie Weiss

Darwin High School student Leeroy Tipiloura says attending Higher Education Week will help him decide what course he wants to study at university Darwin High School student Leeroy Tipiloura says attending Higher Education Week will help him decide what course he wants to study at university

Top End secondary school students have gained insight into university courses on offer in the Territory by attending Higher Education Week at Charles Darwin University’s Casuarina campus.

Year 11 and 12 students were invited to attend tertiary-level classes on campus to help them decide what university course they wanted to enrol in after graduating from high school.

Students could choose from a range of areas, including Education, Environmental Science, Health, Psychological and Clinical Sciences, Law, Indigenous Knowledges, Creative Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Medicine.

CDU Secondary Schools Liaison Officer Trisha Mellow said the event offered students a unique, flexible and educational insight into the university.

“All surveyed participants agreed that experiencing university first-hand gave them confidence to make informed decisions about whether university study is right for them,” Ms Mellow said.

Darwin High School student Leeroy Tipiloura, from Bathurst Island, said he was considering studying sports science at CDU in order to educate young Indigenous people about fitness.

The Year 11 student said observing classes during Higher Education Week would help him decide what university course he wanted to study after finishing high school.

More than 400 Year 11 and 12 students from across the Northern Territory have attended Higher Education Week since 2010.