It’s hotter, flatter and the surf’s not exactly up, but Lauren Chisholm is looking on the bright side of her new start in Dubbo.
The 18-year-old has moved from Nowra on the south coast to study primary teaching at Charles Sturt University, and she and mum Debbie spent yesterday getting the lowdown on campus during O Week.
“Being inland is going to take a bit of getting used to and it’s definitely hotter but I like it so far,” Lauren said.
“It’s a really nice uni – the facilities look really new – and I’m looking forward to getting involved in the social side of it,” she said.
Lauren, who finished Year 12 last year, said she’d known she wanted to do teaching for a couple of years and it was just a matter of where to study.
“My whole family has moved up here because my dad got a job in Dubbo so it just turned out it was here,” she said. “I’d known for a while I wanted to do teaching so I’m just happy it’s all fallen into place.”
Deputy vice-chancellor David Battersby said it was an exciting time for the 150 fresh recruits and the university was looking forward to taking them on board.
“We will have the advent of a new building soon – with more teaching rooms, facilities, the student association and cafeteria – so that will round out the university.
“We have the provisions now of other universities and in this, our eighth intake of students, I think we’ve really consolidated Dubbo as a university city.”
Mr Battersby said students were attracted to the area because of opportunities for student employment as well as the drawcard of a “first-class education”.
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