QTAC offers certainty to future
THE Bundaberg region’s class of 2009 knows where it is heading after university placements were released online yesterday.
Ex-Shalom College student Aleena Greenhalgh was relieved to have concrete information about her future after the first round of admissions were announced by the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).
“I was pretty satisfied with my placement,” she said.
Ms Greenhalgh will study a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus, in Brisbane, which was her first preference.
“I was expecting to get in because I got an OP1 and all I needed for my course was an OP2,” she said.
To help her on her way, Ms Greenhalgh received a $6000 academic scholarship from the university.
“I move down on February 21. I’m very excited,” she said.
Ms Greenhalgh said she was yet to hear from many friends if they had got their first choice.
The chaos of checking the QTAC placements missed ex-North Bundaberg State High School student Caitlyn Bourne, who was yet to check her offers at 3pm yesterday afternoon.
“I will go on later or wait until I get the letter tomorrow,” she said.
Ms Bourne had every reason to remain cool.
“I’m pretty confident I’ve got in. I got an OP7 and I needed an OP12 for my course,” she said.
Ms Bourne hopes to study a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.
More than 31,000 applicants received offers from QTAC yesterday.
Architecture and building and health, which includes pharmacy, nursing, veterinary science and complementary therapies had the biggest jump in first-preference choices this year, followed by society and culture, which includes humanities and psychology.
QTAC CEO Elizabeth Jones said it was not too late to apply.
“There is still time for those people to consider their options and lodge an application for courses commencing in either first or second semester,” she said.