Forbes finds Sydney

26 February 2013

Last week, 21 Year 12 students and two teachers from Forbes High School, visited the University of Sydney. The students stayed at Sancta Sophia College, one of the on campus residential colleges.

The next morning the students were welcomed by three of the University's student ambassadors who themselves comes from regional areas. The morning kicked off with a presentation about university life, scholarships, courses and career options, extracurricular activities, tips on moving out of home and personal stories on what it's really like to live and study in Sydney. They also had an opportunity to ask questions and to hear firsthand experiences from the students who had moved from the country to the city in a peer to peer engagement exercise.

In smaller groups the students then toured the campus including the Great Hall, Quadrangle, various sporting facilities, the graffiti tunnel, computer labs, study centres and libraries. The morning ended with a visit to the Nicholson Museum before their bus arrived to make the long journey back to Forbes.

The students really enjoyed their visit, with one student commenting "this University is like a city within a city, it's so big and so close to everything".

One of the teachers told us: "the students seemed to be very impressed with the University in general and it was a good that it wasn't just promotion of the University of Sydney but about the value of tertiary education in general. The students seemed to genuinely enjoy the day despite how tired they all were from the long trip."

The University of Sydney's Compass Program (link) will be visiting high schools in Forbes in March to run workshops with Year 10, 11 and 12 students around higher education, scholarships, E12 and study tools.

If you would like more information about studying at Sydney University please visit the University's Study at Sydney page. If you are from a regional school and interested in visiting our please contact Trish Dimasi.