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‘Tomorrow’s students’ given taste of university life

Bronwyn Rossingh, Branden Watts, Kristien Ottewill, Jessica Campbell and Lorna Murakami-Gold at the Solar Centre near Alice Springs Bronwyn Rossingh, Branden Watts, Kristien Ottewill, Jessica Campbell and Lorna Murakami-Gold at the Solar Centre near Alice Springs

A group of senior school students has returned home to Alice Springs after a week exploring Casuarina campus as part of a program designed to pique their interest in tertiary education.

Centralian Senior College students Rebecca Carpenter, Lavina Grant, Liam Presley and Annetionette Kelly met with lecturers, university student ambassadors and students from Kormilda College during the Into Uni excursion.

Academic Outreach and Enrichment Officer Lorna Murakami-Gold said the students showed a particular interest in nursing, teaching, plumbing and architecture.

“Field and laboratory projects being undertaken by Indigenous researchers from the Menzies School of Health Research and a bush medicine talk, expanded their ideas of what is achievable,” Ms Murakami-Gold said.

“Time spent engaging with Into Uni Staff and a visit to the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education was meaningful in that it helped demonstrate CDU’s commitment to Indigenous students.”

The Into Uni program also has been active in Alice Springs recently, with about 40 middle school students being prompted to “think bigger” about their futures during a two-week personal development program.

Ms Murakami-Gold said a series of scientific activities were woven among sessions designed to prompt students to explore resilience, self-concept, self-efficacy and decision making.

“We visited the Solar Centre at the Desert Knowledge precinct as one of a number of awareness-raising activities.

“It’s the first time we’ve run an Into Uni program like this in Alice Springs for Year 9 students,” she said.

“They will transition into senior school next year, and many of them into tertiary education beyond that,” she said.

“It’s important to give them a taster of what’s in store and to encourage them to plan ahead and set some goals.”