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Aiming for uni life

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December 15, 2017

Year 10 students at Seymour College, Daniel Murray and Angela Andriessen, both 16, were recently awarded places in the Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program for 2018.

After winning places in a Melbourne scholarship program, Seymour College’s Daniel Murray and Angela Andriessen, both 16, can’t wait to get a taste of university life in the city.

The Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program is an academic enrichment program designed to support high achieving Year 11 and 12 students from Victoria.

Since launching in 2007, the program has attracted more than 7700 students from more than 500 participating schools, offering high school students the chance to socialise with other bright minds, develop their leadership and community involvement skills, and gain access to resources, academics and events at the University of Melbourne.

Daniel said he was thrilled when he found out his application was successful.

‘‘Being accepted into such a large and well respected program was amazing — it really reinforces all the hard work that you’ve put in,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m hoping to socialise and see the field — get an understanding of uni life, and hopefully speak to some professors. I would like to become an engineer, so if I could get some insight into anything like that, that would be excellent for me.’’

Already with one eye on the future, Daniel hopes to get into university and take a degree in aeronautical engineering.

‘‘I’ve always just enjoyed flight and the idea of having something to do with the construction of flight, and even space itself,’’ he said.

‘‘My family stems from the military, and having that sort of involvement in the industry, and having the chance to interact with simulators — ever since then I’ve developed an interest for it.’’

For Angela, who is an avid reader of the Sherlock Holmes and Trixie Belden series, the lectures on English and teaching stand as the most inviting part of the Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program.

‘‘I want to be a teacher, most likely an English teacher, so I would like to gain more experience in that area,’’ she said.

‘‘My family has a history of teaching — my mum teaches young children at our church, and my sister is going down the same career path, so I thought it would be a good thing for me to do.

‘‘I’m also thinking about going overseas and teaching English as a course in Japan.

‘‘I’ve hosted many exchange students, some from Europe, and some from Japan. I got really interested in Japan’s culture in Year 8, and ever since then it’s been a huge curiosity for me.’’

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