ACULink from school to university
More than 260 students from Catholic schools descended on ACU’s Strathfield Campus recently, with many considering the possibility of attending university for the first time.
Students get a taste of university life.
The visit was part of ACULink, a program coordinated by education lecturer Miriam Tanti which aims to give students a taste of higher education, and allay any fears they have of attending and studying at university.
The students from Clare Catholic High School, Delany College, Emmaus Catholic College and St Agnes High School participated in a variety of interactive, ICT-rich lectures and tutorials.
Tom Callan from Delany College said the relationship between the high schools and ACU’s School of Education was invaluable.
“We can motivate students to study at school after these visits because students see that school is just a stepping stone and there is life post-school – a whole exciting world of opportunity,” he said. “These visits make it real, and we continually refer to their time here to keep the students motivated– it really works to keep their dreams alive.”
One student said for those who had felt university was too big a leap for them, a visit to the Strathfield Campus had given them a new perspective.
“Most of the time you feel that there isn’t anything past the HSC,” she said. “When you come on campus your dreams and hopes get a reality check – it is here, and it is possible.”