At the end of Term 4 last year, current Year 12 student, Abby Dendle, won a place in the University of Queensland’s Young Scholars Program. Joined by a childhood friend from Gladstone and over 200 other budding prospects from across the globe, Abby was treated to five days of university life staying on campus at King’s College in St Lucia, Brisbane.
The student prospects were introduced to all manner of academic ritual, along with opportunities to discuss course selection options with UQ staff and guidance mentors. The opportunity to engage directly with university staff and students provided an unmatched insight into university life and the opportunities that present by attending one of Australia’s great “sandstone” universities.
Abby was surprised by the seemingly limitless cultural and recreational pursuits available to students of the St Lucia campus in Brisbane. In addition to sampling new sports like fencing, Abby and her group (the ‘Navy Team’) took tours of the campus, met with various sorority and club officials and met a range of students and graduates of the Young Scholars Program. As well as trying many new things, Abby also made many great friendships and memories. She is excited to be returning to St Lucia, on the UQ Open day for the UQ Young Scholars Program Reunion later this year.
Although still weighing up her options, the program allowed Abby to observe career pathways in the allied health fields, like speech pathology; a career with great job prospects that can make a real difference to peoples’ lives. Abby highly recommends the program and encourages students in Year 11 to apply for this great opportunity.