USQ Fraser Coast student Ashleigh Emblem.
USQ Fraser Coast student Ashleigh Emblem. Contributed

Uni boost for school pupils

SENIOR high school students will gain inside information on how to get the edge on their peers and secure a spot in their preferred USQ degree program before their Overall Position scores are released.

At just 18 years old, Bachelor of Commerce Accounting and Marketing student Ashleigh Emblem is reaping the rewards of having joined the USQ Head Start program while in senior high school and now wants others to have the same opportunity.

"Head Start accelerated my degree," she said.

"Successfully completing a Head Start subject while still at high school not only ensured I would be accepted into my first choice of programs before I got my OP score, it also sped up the overall degree process."

Head Start is open to high-achieving Year 10 to 12 students who have the capability, maturity and motivation to undertake university study while finishing high school.

Instead of taking three years to complete her degree, Ms Emblem said it was now taking two-and-a-half years and she should be finished by the end of semester one next year.

In this year's summer holiday period, USQ is giving Head Start students the opportunity to undertake further university subjects to fast-track their study at a time that does not clash with other school commitments.

For more information on how to apply for Head Start, phone 4194 3142, email Carly.Ryder@ usq.edu.au, visit usq.edu.au or attend the information night on September 18 at 6pm.



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