When Cameron Ritchie studied Japanese as part of the UTAS High Achiever Program, getting a taste of university life was not as daunting as it first seemed.
“The program provided me with a great introduction to uni, the idea of self motivated study and the chance to interact with lecturers. I studied Japanese and it felt like a natural extension of what I had learnt in pre-tertiary Japanese studies at Elizabeth College.
“When I began my degree at UTAS in 2009, it felt like home.”
Cameron has now completed second year of an Arts/Law degree.
The High Achiever Program gives Year 11 and 12 students, who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement, the chance to experience university education in conjunction with TCE or International Baccalaureate studies.
With no course costs, students can obtain possible credit towards a relevant UTAS degree and the marks can also contribute to the calculation of a student’s Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).
Manager of Marketing, Jo Bailey, said the program has been very successful since it first started in 2004.
“The number of participants in the High Achiever Program has continued to grow. This year has seen the largest intake to date, with more than 30 students participating in the program, and we are optimistic that this level of interest will continue into 2011,” Ms Bailey said.
For Cameron the experience was worthwhile.
“I talked to some of my friends who studied English and Classics as part of the Program and they had a great experience of lectures. With Japanese, classes were taught in a small classroom rather than a lecture theatre. I got a good insight into self-paced learning as assignment dates were given in advance so I could plan ahead.”
This year Cameron has joined the Student Ambassador Program, and through this has assisted in promoting the benefits of the High Achiever Program to local senior secondary students.
“I encourage students to apply and tell them that they’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. If you have a real passion for a particular subject and can demonstrate it to staff, it helps.”
For further information, including subject availability, eligibility criteria and application requirements for the 2011 program, visit High Achiever Program or contact the Uni Info Centre on 1300 363 864. Applications close on 21 January 2011.
Second year Arts/Law student, Cameron Ritchie, participated in the High Achiever Program in 2008.