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Duxes get first choice uni offers

Former Kyabram students Matt DeCicco and Jayne Livingston both got their first choice uni offer.

January 24, 2013 4:25am

Matt DeCicco and Jayne Livingston were pleased to get their first choice courses when the first round of university offers for 2013 was released last Thursday.

Prospective university students across the state learned their fate last Wednesday when VTAC rolled out its first set of university offers.

Kyabram P-12 College dux Matt DeCicco and St Augustine’s College dux Jayne Livingston were both fortunate enough to receive first-round offers to the university of their choice, and the two could not be happier with the outcome.

Jayne will begin a Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne University, majoring in media and communication, and hopes to work in the public relations industry upon completion.

‘‘It’s been the plan for a while, but you’ve got to get the ATAR to get in which is the first step, so I’m a little relieved,’’ she said.

Matt, who was born and raised on a dairy farm in Merrigum, will pursue a double-degree in veterinary science and veterinary biology at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga.

‘‘It’s something that I’ve been aiming towards for a while. Having grown up on a dairy farm kind of pushed me in that direction,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a pretty big relief to get the ATAR then get accepted.’’

Both were relieved to find out they had been accepted to their first-choice course and admitted it had been a stressful week.

‘‘You do put in a lot of effort for it, but you don’t really know how things will go until you get the offer,’’ Jayne said.

‘‘I’m just happy to have been accepted and now pretty excited to get stuck into it,’’ Matt said.

While both Matt and Jayne were happy to receive their offers, acceptance means they will have to relocate from Kyabram in order to pursue their academic ambitions, but it’s a task that neither finds too daunting.

‘‘It’s a fairly exciting experience,’’ said Jayne who has just been approved residency to St Hilda’s College.

‘‘I think Melbourne will be a great place to live so I’m not really nervous about it, just excited.’’

Matt was equally relaxed.

‘‘I think it will be fine, I’ve been down to the campus a few times and I’m pretty comfortable with the place,’’ he said.

‘‘The drive to Wagga is a bit of a pain but it should be fine.’’

Those who did not receive a first round offer should not panic, with VTAC set to release a second round of offers on January 23.

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