UWS Day: Providing information and answering questions for high school students
It’s that time of year again when it’s imperative for students from years 11 and 12 to begin considering whether they will pursue tertiary education, what to study and where.
On Tuesday 4th June 2013, The University of Western Sydney hosted ‘UWS Day’ at its Campbelltown Campus for over 900 high school students, from 22 schools. The following day, UWS Day was held at the Bankstown Campus, with over 900 high school students, from 19 schools in attendance.
UWS Day Campbelltown was officially opened by local Councillor Sue Dobson, Mayor, Campbelltown City Council and UWS Day Bankstown was officially opened by local Councillor Kahl Asfour, Mayor, Bankstown City Council.
The first event on the ‘UWS Day’ schedule was a morning information session, where current UWS students shared stories about what it is really like to study at university and how they made the transition from high school.
To make such an important decision about their future is not something students take for granted and the aim of this day is to provide candid, relevant information about higher education.
Following a free BBQ lunch, the high school students then attended two interactive workshops where UWS academics provided more detailed information about specific areas of study, courses and careers.
There were more than 40 workshops to choose from including 'Animal Science at UWS,' a hands on experience with reptiles hosted by members of the School of Health and Science, and 'Critical Thinking' which focused on defining critical thinking, the purpose of critical analysis and applying critical thinking to reading and writing.
In addition to meeting current UWS staff and students, attending lectures, and participating in interactive workshops, high school students also accessed detailed information about scholarships, Indigenous education, student support services, international study opportunities and the admission process.
6 June 2013
Photos: Nicholas Smith & Olga Nebot