“I can describe what this program has done to my life in one word - everything! It has helped influence my university choices and it has helped change me as a person. I am now holding down three jobs and attending university.”
"I want to tell people out there: Wherever you are, no matter what you do - fly like a bird, dream big and never give up. Always be that independent, strong person you want to be. Always hope for a new day and no matter what happens be proud of yourself – always!"
“I would love to go to university, to do veterinary science! The Compass programs helped me put this vision into action, from choosing my subjects in High School to planning my university applications and getting financial support.”
"The main thing I want to relay back to people is to definitely give university a go! Always take on opportunities, never say no! Always be a curious person! Remember if something doesn’t work out, when one door closes another door opens. That’s how it played out in my life so far, I have embraced opportunities like UTS Summer School and so many wonderful things have happened."
“Pathways To Dreaming has really opened my eyes to what you can do when you get out of high school. I think in ten years’ time I will look back and think I couldn’t have made this life for myself without the program.”
"I learned that there are many cool subjects at university and the program has helped me to plan my future. I learned that you don’t have to be a star to do well, you just have to try."
“The Step-up program changed me. Before getting involved, physiotherapy was just an option; but after doing the courses at university I know I’m going to make a career of it. It might take me years but because I’ve had this experience I have the motivation to see it though.”
"I can’t deny that my performance was boosted through the tutoring sessions, and as my essay writing improved I was able to write longer pieces. The tutoring sessions were fairly laid back and relaxed, it was a great learning environment. Also learning from someone who had recently been through high school really helped me."
“I have always believed in the power of education, but when I participated in the Fair Go project I refocused on why education mattered and how to talk about it; the program made sense of what I felt. There is a sense of being part of a learning community now that is genuine and present.”
"This program has made a difference to my life because it has helped me with my English and maths skills. It has also given me something to enjoy at home as I can now make films as a hobby. When I finish school I want to try and go to the Olympics as a walking athlete. I would also like to go to university to study PDHPE."
“I think in ten years time I will look back at my education coming from Mount Druitt and see the Principal’s Recommendation program as the link, the opportunity. I don’t think I would get to this place without the program. I am so thankful!”
"I am now less fearful and insecure about going to university. I still have concerns around the transition to a different learning environment and different assessments, but since I was at the Open Day I know that there is support available for me to access."
“They have so much life experience to bring to their studies and to their professions.”