Thinking Ahead

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October 6, 2016 Life at Sydney opened my eyes to a future at uni

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Recently on the 26th – 29th of September, I attended Life at Sydney at The University of Sydney. I found the entire experience absolutely amazing, it really helped to open my eyes to the opportunities that exist in the world around me.

Until Life at Sydney, I was still having some doubts about whether university was for me but now I am more sure than ever that it is for me and that I will love every second I spend there.

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The day began with guest speakers who told us about their experiences with The University of Sydney. This was all great but I still felt no real strong desire to attend.

This all changed for me though when a second year medical student* who was also a student ambassador read his speech about his experience with The University of Sydney.

He had me hanging off every word and I felt my opinion quickly changing. His words made me look at The University in a different way. I actually looked and acknowledged its beauty and all that it could offer me.

It was really great to hear first-hand from a student who was currently studying at The University.

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The rest of the day was also great as I got to try out some of the classes offered and see some of the fun activities such as theatre sports which was the most entertaining performance I’ve seen in a long time.

At the end of the day I really could imagine myself as a student attending The University of Sydney. I cannot wait until next year when I can finally complete my HSC and apply for university.

I want the entire experience, shoebox-sized room and all.


* Matthew Dowsett was the second year student who spoke on the first day. He studies Biomedical Engineering and Medical Science at The University of Sydney.

This article is part of a series called Thinking Ahead by Compass.

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Sheridan Sharpe
is in Year 11 at Dubbo College Senior Campus