Rochester Secondary College students Josh McPhee and Harley Hayes are ready to start university this year.ELAINE COONEY January 28, 2014 4:01am
Rochester Secondary College students Josh McPhee and Harley Hayes were delighted to receive their first choice university places.
While Mr McPhee is gearing up to study Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Swinburne, Mr Hayes has a decision to make: to take his first choice of a Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University or Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice at La Trobe University in Bendigo.
Mr Hayes said he was interested in going into allied health where he could branch into physiotherapy, occupational therapy or speech therapy.
Right now he is leaning towards specialising in dietetics but either course would help him decide which area he is most suited to.
He knew when his Australian Tertiary Admission Rank was released that he would be accepted to university but was unsure if he would have a choice of degree courses.
Mr Hayes plans to continue playing for the Elmore senior football team at the weekends, regardless of which university he chooses.
When he becomes qualified he would like to return to the Elmore community to have a practice.
He said it was important for him to be around his close friends and family.
Mr McPhee said he was relieved the long wait was over when he was accepted to Swinburne.
He would like to get into the area of designing electrical systems when he finishes his degree.
While past school captain Mr Hayes did not consider the idea of deferring his course because he would find it hard to get back into study, his fellow (previous) school captain Maddie Chapman thought it was an excellent idea.
Ms Chapman will spend her gap year undertaking a traineeship at Rochester and Elmore District Health Service before going on to study a Bachelor of Psychological Science at La Trobe University in Bendigo.
She hopes to become a counsellor.
When she finishes the traineeship she will gain a Certificate 2 in Health Services Administration.
Ms Chapman was pleased with her choice to take a breather from study, which was ‘‘full on’’ last year.
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