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Early birds get the worms (and degrees) at University

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More than 100 high schoolers from across the state, including Year 12 Centenary Heights student Malki Seneviratne, are breathing a collective sigh of relief after receiving early offers to study at the University of Southern Queensland.
The University of Southern Queensland has accepted more than 100 early offer applications over the past 12 months, with record numbers in the last three weeks.

Among the flock of high-achieving early birds was Year 12 Centenary Heights student Malki Seneviratne.

The soon-to-be 18-year-old wants to study Engineering and was recently accepted into the University of Southern Queensland’s Computer Systems Engineering degree.

“It’s such a relief to be honest,” Malki said.

“Now I have a better idea about what the future holds and I feel so much less stressed about my exams.”

Year 12 students can receive an Early Offer in one of two ways – via recommendation from a Principal (or Principal's delegate) or successful completion of a University of Southern Queensland Head Start course.

With more than 70 Head Start courses available, there are plenty of options.

For Malki Seneviratne, it was a no-brainer.

“Over the past two years, I completed five engineering-related Head Start courses,” Malki said.

“I would definitely recommend enrolling and getting a taste for what University is like while also getting ahead.”

In the last three weeks since QTAC applications opened, more than 50 high school students have received early offers from the University of Southern Queensland.

Career Outreach Officer Jaimie O’Reilly said it was smart approach for students to ease the pressure of Year 12.

“With another school term remaining – including 31 gruelling days of external assessments and examinations – Early Offers are a perfect way to relieve stress.

“To apply for an Early Offer, eligible Year 12 students simply place the University of Southern Queensland first on their QTAC application and complete a short form.

“We’ll take care of the rest.”

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