ACU is giving young volunteers a chance to secure an early university place for 2015.
First-year teaching student Courtney Cavaleri is one of a growing number of local volunteers who have been awarded the chance to study at university thanks to their dedication to the community.
Under ACU’s Early Achievers’ Program, hundreds of people like Courtney are give consideration for early entry into an undergraduate degree because of their contribution to the community through their school or workplace, local community organisation, cultural or religious group.
As a high school student at Mount St Benedict College in Sydney’s Hills District, Courtney was a netball coach and umpire and a volunteer for the Cancer Council Australia, both activities that give her satisfaction and offer valuable experience for her studies as a teacher.
“Being involved in netball it has allowed me to volunteer myself to help the broader community especially young children providing them with the guidance and joy of learning how to play,” Courtney said. “Teaching young children has given me a sense of pride to hopefully make a difference in a child’s life and education.”
Her ideal career would be to teach in Australia, then head overseas to work with children in less well-resourced areas, before returning to further her studies.
“Teaching overseas I believe will definitely be an eye-opener which will allow me to consider how I can help various children from a different culture or socio-economic parts where they don’t have a lot of resources. Furthermore I would also love to go back to university (ACU) and to study a Bachelor of Psychology in Children, so I would be able to learn about how the child’s brain works but also use this knowledge to hopefully become a counsellor in a school.”
Courtney has found the transition from the more structured life of high school to university has been smooth given ACU’s support for incoming students, and she enjoys the personalised experience the university offers.
“I am so thankful that ACU provides undergraduates with the correct preparation such as orientation days and information, due to their supportive network and have therefore been able to feel so comfortable in the environment in which I am in. I love this university because you could consider it as a close-knit community. Everyone here both students, teachers, advisors are always willing to help in a very positive manner.”
Courtney is studying a Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education at North Sydney.
Applications for ACU’s Early Achievers’ Program for 2015 are open until Monday 20 October. Current students who have entered ACU through the program are available for interview upon request.
For more information about the program and its eligibility criteria visit acu.edu.au/eap.