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NSW Young Australian of the Year shows local students the path to university


20 May 2013

Corey Payne (right) at the University's Early Offer Year 12 (E12) scheme event earlier this year.
Corey Payne (right) at the University's Early Offer Year 12 (E12) scheme event earlier this year.

NSW Young Australian of the Year 2013 and former rugby league star Corey Payne will join a host of current students to encourage local kids to take on university at a free event on Wednesday 22 May at Revesby Workers' Club.

The Your Path to Sydney event gives high school students and their parents a chance to discuss their options at the University of Sydney, including what to study, entry requirements, the application process, scholarships and costs.

Keynote speaker and emcee Corey Payne, who is also studying a Master of Commerce at the University of Sydney Business School, will be joined by a panel of current students who all followed different entry paths to the University. The panel, whose pathways included through the Early Offer Year 12 (E12) scheme, an elite athlete scholarship, an academic scholarship, and by transferring from another course, will answer questions that have been submitted online.

Refreshments will be provided, and guests will have the chance to win exciting lucky door prizes including a double pass to the State of Origin, a signed NRL Bulldogs jersey, Sydney University hoodies, Dirty Dog Eyewear sunglasses and Oxygen clothing vouchers.

Guests at the event will be also able to visit stalls set up by the University's 16 faculties and the student union to find out about different courses at the University, scholarships offered and how to apply for them, and to get a sense of what university life is like.

Lauren Pearce, who is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts at the University and will speak at Your Path to Sydney, advises students not to be daunted by the prospect of university.

"Everything looks hard before you try it, and there are always alternatives, such as second-round entry, early entry and programs such as the University of Sydney's Broadway Scheme," she says.

Lauren started university this year after receiving a scholarship through the university's E12 scheme, as well as a Future Direction Network scholarship. A budding author, she has been selected to speak at the Sydney Writers' Festival this month with acclaimed musician Simon Barker.

"I've found university amazing. I've really, really enjoyed it and it was definitely all worth it for me," Lauren says.

This is the second year of Your Path to Sydney, following the enormous popularity of last year's event, which attracted more than 600 students and parents.

The event is supported by the Revesby Workers' Club and Future Direction Network, of which Corey Payne is founder and Executive Chairman.


Event details

What: Your Path to Sydney Uni

When: Wednesday 22 May, 6 to 8.30pm. Refreshments available from 6pm, event begins at 6.45pm

Where: Whitlam Room, Revesby Workers' Club, 2B Brett St, Revesby (entrance via Tarro Avenue). You do not need to be a member of Revesby Workers' Club to attend this event.


Registration essential at sydney.edu.au/yourpath


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