LaTrobe University in Shepparton welcomed more than 200 students this week, including several who have moved to the area for study.ALEXANDRA BOLKAS February 28, 2014 4:44am
LaTrobe University’s Shepparton campus has this week welcomed 237 students to four of its faculties.
It takes the total number of campus enrolments so far to 496.
Among the new students are four Faculty of Health Sciences students who have moved to Shepparton from elsewhere.
Aidan McCready, 18, is originally from Werribee, but moved to the region last week to study physiotherapy.
He said he was looking forward to living out of home for the first time and had already noticed differences between Shepparton and his home.
‘‘I’ve been here for a week, but I’ve noticed that the drivers are much more likely to give way to you,’’ he said jokingly.
Warrnambool native Laura Roberts, 18, is also studying physiotherapy.
‘‘I’d never been to Shepparton before moving. It takes 5 and a half hours to drive here,’’ she said.
She said she was enjoying the campus’ small size.
‘‘You get to know people much more quickly,’’ she said.
‘‘And Shepparton is not too different from home, except that there is no beach.’’
Isabella Meagher, 21, enrolled in a physiotherapy degree after completing a bachelor of exercise and sport science at Deakin University’s Burwood campus last year.
‘‘I’ve always wanted to do physio and was willing to move anywhere,’’ she said.
‘‘In Shepparton everyone is really friendly — it’s so different to Deakin, which was so big.’’
She said a stranger offering her washing machine highlighted the difference between Melbourne and Shepparton.
‘‘A lady even offered to let me use her washing machine to do my washing the other day,’’ she said.
‘‘It just wouldn’t happen in Melbourne.’’
Toby Marshallsay, 18, moved from Melbourne this year to study paramedicine.
He said he was looking forward to making new friends.
The students will spend one year studying at the Shepparton campus before moving to LaTrobe’s Bendigo campus to complete their four-year degree.
Hafizullah Mohaqiq was born in Afghanistan, spent periods living in Pakistan and Iran, before arriving in Shepparton two months ago.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The Fairley Leadership Program met in Tatura on Wednesday, exploring ‘Water and our catchment’ at Goulburn Murray Water.
Road authorities have made little progress to fixing Echuca’s most dangerous intersections.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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