Graduates await university offers

WAIT IS OVER: Trinity College’s Meghan McLeod is among hundreds of Colac and district teens who will find out tonight if they have gained university offers. VTAC will release offers at 7.30pm.

More than a decade of studying is about to pay off for Colac and district Year 12 graduates.

The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre will release first-round university offers tonight at 7.30pm.

Cobden Technical School dux Bryce Errey said he was nervously awaiting his university offer.

Mr Errey received an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank of 84.8 and said he hoped to study osteopathy.

He said he originally hoped to study medicine but changed his course preferences after receiving his ATAR.

“I’ve been trying to relax and just forget about it for a while, but yeah, every now and then you start thinking about what are you going to do for the next three years or more,” he said.

Colac Trinity College graduate Meghan McLeod said she was relaxed about receiving her university offer.

Ms McLeod said she hoped to study professional writing and editing at the University of Ballarat, which used applicants’ writing folios to decide its offers.

“I keep kind of forgetting about it because I’ve been working and catching up with friends and relaxing, it’s been really chilled out,” she said.

“And because I’m taking a gap year, I’ll get another chance.”

Ms McLeod said she was searching for full-time work, with the hope of travelling in the second half of the year.

She said she also applied for a La Trobe University course but preferred the Ballarat course because her brother Cory McLeod was already at the university.

“He really likes it, he’s having the best time of his life at the moment, so it sounds pretty good,” she said.

“And because it’s not a massive uni it’s good for country kids to settle in.”

Universities release thier second-round offers on February 4.

Wednesday’s Colac Herald will have full coverage of first-round university offers.

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