Taryn Darlow is one of the Government’s university ambassadors. The ACU
student has been profiled in the Department of Innovation’s campaign
to University – a new website to provide a one-stop-shop with
an overview of universities, courses and campuses around the
Taryn tells her story of how she came to be the first in her family to go to university and why she chose ACU. She always knew she wanted to be a teacher but couldn’t make up her mind whether to choose early childhood or primary teaching. When she learned that ACU offered a degree that taught both, the choice was clear. The Bachelor of Education (EC) Early Childhood/Primary she is studying at the Ballarat campus gives her the flexibility to work in Catholic, government or independent schools without needing further accreditation.
The most appealing aspect of ACU for Taryn, who comes from Caroline Springs near Melbourne, is the small size of the campus and the course that provides a more personal experience and a sense of inclusion.
"Although it is one of the smallest courses in Ballarat, it is one full of rich experiences," she said. "The subjects have been diverse and very informative. The teachers are knowledgeable and friendly, which makes attending class a lot easier. I find it very beneficial having more professional experience hours in the field, as it is there that vital learning occurs."
Taryn is heavily involved in student activities on campus. She came to the University through its Early Achievers Program (EAP) and is a peer leader and has represented Ballarat’s Aquinas campus at the ACU Games. Applications for the EAP open on August 13.