Merrylands High School students were encouraged to consider their future with a new resource that presents the courses and pathways offered at NSW universities.
The Make Your Mark website is a five university partnership which aims to boost university participation rates in western Sydney communities.
It was launched at the school this morning.
The website is an offshoot of the Bridges to Higher Education initiative, where The University of Western Sydney and others run programs to engage primary and secondary school students who may not have considered higher education as an option.
Other project participants are the Universities Admission Centre (NSW and ACT), The University of Sydney, The University of Technology Sydney, Macquarie University, and the Australian Catholic University.
Year 11 student Fayez Kabbara’s thinking about university was changed completely when he attended a two-week summer school at UTS in January.
‘‘I’m not the type of person that likes to study much and I just didn’t feel confident going to uni,’’ he said.
‘‘I picked all my subjects as non-ATAR, but after summer school it changed me completely.
‘‘It made me like uni and want to go for an ATAR.’’
The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank is used to place students in university courses.
Year 12 student Heba Niem, who also participates in a Fast Forward program at the UWS’ Parramatta campus, said the website was easy to navigate.
‘‘It’s offering us information we aren’t really aware of on the different avenues we have, the different opportunities there are to apply to uni, and what uni life is like,’’ she said.
Read more in Thursday’s paper.