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University beckons

Thursday, 28th January, 2010

* Farrah Preston, Tyler Hannigan, Andrew Sidford, Blaire Robinson and Nick DeLisio are about to head off to university. * Farrah Preston, Tyler Hannigan, Andrew Sidford, Blaire Robinson and Nick DeLisio are about to head off to university.

Local students will soon be leaving home to start their tertiary studies after accepting their first round offers from universities across Australia.

Last year the University Admissions Index (UAI) changed to the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

It is the beginning of a change to a more nationally - consistent ranking system and allows NSW students to be rated against students in other states.

While some of the locals said they had noticed a change in their rankings most were not much affected. Broken Hill High School students had mixed feelings about the change.

Nick DeLisio only applied to South Australia so he found that the ATAR didn't affect him.

"The change didn't really bother me because I wasn't going to NSW universities." Nick was surprised to be accepted into Mechanical Engineering at Adelaide University. "It was a lot better than I was expecting," he said. Blaire Robinson believes the change to ATAR it brought her mark down. "I didn't do any academic subjects, like physics or chemistry, so my mark was scaled lower," she said.

Blaire was pre-selected for the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies at the University of Canberra. She hopes to branch off into public relations. She was pre-selected by three universities and accepted into four but she thinks she should have "worked harder". "When finding out my result I was not confident at all; I was scared and anxious," she said. Tyler Hannigan was happy about soon beginning study for Sport and Recreation Management at UniSA. He felt "fairly" confident about being accepted but "just tried to take it one day at a time".

Farrah Preston got into a Bachelor of Equine Science at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. Farrah was very pleased that she got into this course. Andrew Sidford wants to be a forensic anthropologist. He was accepted into a Bachelor of Science course at Adelaide University. "I was pretty stoked when I found out I got into the course," he said.

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