A student's perspective

Cloe's story

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"My family helped and supported me in making my decision to come to university. Also, the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA) played a huge role in supporting me through my HSC and on to university by providing mentoring, sporting and educational programs. The Indigenous Youth Leadership Program also provided me with skills and support that made my transition into higher education a little easier.

It was also thanks to NASCA that I first visited the University of Sydney, before I started my HSC.

I had originally planned to study law, but my ATAR wasn’t high enough, so I decided to do an arts degree to give myself the opportunity to try a variety of subjects.

I’m a Wiradjuri woman, and I chose the University of Sydney because of all the wonderful things I’d heard about the Cadigal program.

Coming from Gilgandra, in rural New South Wales, it was really important to find suitable and affordable accommodation. I was lucky enough to receive a scholarship from the Women’s College, which has allowed me to live on campus in a supportive college environment.

The help I received from the Cadigal support officers at uni helped convince me that I was making the right choice. Students who have come through the Cadigal program all support one another through periods of homesickness, and that has made settling into uni life mucheasier.

I’m extremely proud of what I’ve achieved in my first year at Sydney Uni. I’ve learnt so much from my time at both uni and college. I hope that my family back home are influenced by what I’m doing and decide to give university a try. Going to uni is hard, but there’s always support available."


Cloe Wighton
Bachelor of Arts