Emma’s surprise offer

Happy outcome: Emma Day, 18, was offered a place in RMIT’s Bachelor of Applied Science on Monday. PICTURE: Alex HamerEmma Day got a pleasant surprise when she got an email from the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre on Monday afternoon.

“It came early, I got bit of a shock,” she said.

The former Ballarat High School student was accepted into RMIT’s Bachelor of Applied Science course.

She said it was a surprise because her ATAR was under the clearly-in level.

Ms Day was one of 57,200 students to receive offers for undergraduate courses on Monday.

The journey to RMIT came after inspiration from a teacher and careers advisor.

“I had a lot help from the career people at school, Andrew there was really good.I went to him every day,” she said.

“Originally I wanted to do (something) around health science.”

“Last year I picked up psychology 3+4 and I got inspiredbymy psychology teacher (Sarah Mackenzie).”

“She just was so dedicated.”

Ms Day will move to Melbourne for university, but other students will stay a bit closer to home.

Former Daylesford Secondary College student Sarah McLean has been offered a place at Federation University’s Bachelor of Arts course.

She said it was a step into the unknown.

“It’san exciting time, (but)also daunting. I don’t know what to expect,” she said.

Ms McLean, 18, said she would jump straight into the course instead of taking time off from study.

“I think’s best to go straight in,” she said.

Ms Day has the same approach.

“I’ve questioned whether I want to defer and travel, but I thought if I travelled then I won’t come back,” she said.

Phoenix P-12 Community College career practitioner Cheryl Kennedy told Fairfax Mediait was important that students had a plan B.

“”If it’s a double degree they want to do, then perhaps put down a single degree as well. Or if they want to go to Melbourne University then perhaps put La Trobe, Swinburne andMonash down, too. We constantly remind them that this is a lifelong journey and university is only the first few steps,” she said.

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