Don’t be afraid to give it a go, at the end of the day it will have been a great experience to have taken part in and you will find yourself more capable than you realise. In Australia university is extremely accessible to a diverse range of students and situations and it can be possible.
Grace is a 21-25 year old Education student from an outer regional area, and is first in her family to go to uni. She moved 400kms from her family and is now in her final year.
That it may be hard work but if you really want it then there are people to support you to get it. Coming from a regional area competing against people from the cities can make you feel small, but you are not, you have just as much a right to be there and you are just as bright, work to your strengths! (Michelle)
Michelle is 31-40 from a remote area, studying Psychological Science fulltime, online. She is first in family and from working class background. She has children, community commitments and has casual work.
The biggest message for regional students, is that university has never, ever been more accessible than what it is now. Become part of whatever journey you can with other peers in town. It’s finally available (Gayle, student and staff)
Gayle is 41-50 and in her first year of Business, online part-time. She is first in family, from a LSES and working class background. She also works fulltime at a regional centre supporting students.
You are more than capable and your life experiences living regionally are valuable in all fields to add unique perspectives (Ros)
Ros is 26-30 from an outer regional area, and doing Social Work online, fulltime. She is mature age, from working class background and has children, carer for other family members, community commitments as well as working part-time.
Regional Student Futures website is an output of National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) Equity Fellowship research project, funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE), under the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) National Priorities Pool. The content of this website does not represent the views of the Australian Government or the NCSEHE.