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20 Apr 2021

A 45-year-old Biomedical Science student who “always wanted to go to university and always had an interest in medicine” has been joined on USC’s Moreton Bay campus this year by her 16-year-old daughter.

Sarah Bette-Bennett, of Warner, is delighted that daughter Elise has enrolled in Headstart, a program that enables Year 11 and 12 students to complete USC subjects to gain credit towards a degree.

“Elise has enrolled in a Justice course through Headstart. She wants to experience the university life that will be waiting for her after she graduates high school,” Sarah said.

“I’d attended a Headstart Information Night in 2019 and thought it was brilliant. I talked to my daughter about how beneficial it would be if she wanted to go to university.”

Elise said she was enjoying her first lectures and exploring the campus.

“It is full-on doing school and uni and my other commitments, but I like the pressure,” she said. “I’ve already made a friend, too, when we sat near each other.”

Sarah also participated in a USC introductory program, Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP).

“I never had an opportunity to attend university after high school in France and over the years I’ve studied for certificates or worked in industries as different as fashion design, business, legal practice, paramedicine and volunteering in schools,” Sarah said.

“When I started TPP, my aim was to study education to be a teacher. But the courses I took in academic skills, biology and chemistry made me realise that maybe I have a chance at learning medicine.

“We did TPP at the community centre before the USC Moreton Bay campus was even built at Petrie, and it was a really good opportunity to learn among only 20 or so students. Some are great friends now and we see each other on campus and wave. Living only 10 minutes’ drive away is perfect," she said.

If you and/or your child are interested in studying at USC, applications for Semester 2, 2021 are open now with Headstart applications closing Friday 30 April.

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