High school students get a taste of uni life

FUTURE PLANS: Luke Fehrenbach, 17, Aysha Bragg, 16, and Luke Murphy, 16, all of Xavier Catholic College attend the senior schools day at SCU designed for students starting year 12.
FUTURE PLANS: Luke Fehrenbach, 17, Aysha Bragg, 16, and Luke Murphy, 16, all of Xavier Catholic College attend the senior schools day at SCU designed for students starting year 12. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

INSPIRATION from his mother's rewarding career as a high school teacher has led Xavier Catholic College student Luke Fehrenbach to follow in her footsteps.

The 17-year-old was one of 450 Year 11 students to get a taste of university life yesterday at Southern Cross University Lismore's annual senior schools day.

Mr Fehrenbach said memories of the stories his mother told her pupils as an ancient history teacher were still fresh in his mind.

"As a kid I used to love the stories she told and I want to be able to teach kids through those same kinds of stories," he said.

"I did the primary and secondary education lecture and I found out how I can enrol, what marks I need and how I can be supported financially while studying."

Eighteen high schools from Maclean to the Tweed attended the senior schools day.

Southern Cross University student recruitment officer Kate Brinsmead said with their final school year ahead of them now is the ideal time for students to focus on their post-school options.

"The aim of the senior schools day is to stimulate interest in their academic pursuits and long-term aspirations," she said.

The day was broken into three sessions where students got general information about university enrolment and life, specific course information and career path direction, and finally they got to question current students about their degrees and study.

"Lecturers, staff and current students delivered the information sessions and (were) available afterwards for a chat.

"Students also got to see and experience the teaching and accommodation facilities, and learn about the sporting and cultural activities available," Ms Brinsmead said.

A free barbecue lunch was enjoyed by the students while they were entertained by singer/songwriter Chang Po Ching, who performed his blend of funk, reggae and Motown tunes in the plaza.

Before attending university, Xavier Catholic College student Aysha Bragg said she wants to spend her gap year in Europe.

"I want to study physiotherapy, so I am looking forward to the sport and exercise science lecture," she said.

16-year-old Luke Murphy wants to study business after he completes his HSC at Xavier Catholic College.

He said he would recommend the senior schools day to anyone considering studying at university.

"Hopefully I can join the defence force and do my study through them," he said.

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