- Highlife Magazine - Kingaroy SHS students Cortney Sonter and James Christensen at USQ’s Student Experience Day last year.

Kingaroy SHS students Cortney Sonter and James Christensen at USQ’s Student Experience Day last year.

University of Southern Queensland Toowoomba will host Student Experience Day on Friday 13 May, attracting senior students from across the Darling Downs and interstate to the campus. More than 400 Year 11 and 12 students are expected to visit and participate in various academic sample sessions. These sessions will include topics such as study options at USQ, what university student life is like, and the benefits of pursuing tertiary education.

USQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas said students would get first-hand experience at Student Experience Day. “There will be tours of the campus, a range of interactive academic sessions, as well as a chance to speak with USQ academics and current students,” Professor Thomas said. “This experience gives high school students the chance to explore different areas of study as they face decisions about their future career options.”

There are a wide array of session options, with everything from staples such as nursing to more humanities-based sessions including history, International Relations and languages. There will also be several workshops, such as a Civil Sand Friction Experiment and a Theatre Q&A. Not just academic in focus, students can head along to university lifestyle sessions. These include a tour of the residential colleges, career and pathways advisory sessions, overseas study information sessions and scholarship sessions which will detail application processes. Tours of the campus itself are also on offer, and will showcase the university’s teaching facilities, computer hubs, cafés and social and sporting areas.

Attending schools include Toowoomba Christian College, Toowoomba State High School, St Joseph’s College, Oakey State High School and The Glennie School, with many other attendees as well. It is likely that some graduates will join USQ’s student cohort, which currently numbers over 4000, in future years.

Words by Taylah Danae Baggs
Image via USQ