WSU open day goes virtual, Year 12s can use Year 11 results

An online welcome: Art therapy student Kristi Mclellan will be one of the friendly faces greeting prospective new students and their families during the virtual open day. Picture: Supplied
An online welcome: Art therapy student Kristi Mclellan will be one of the friendly faces greeting prospective new students and their families during the virtual open day. Picture: Supplied

COVID hasn't stopped our local university from hosting an open day: it's going virtual.

When prospective students and their families join Western Sydney University's virtual open day on Sunday, August 15, some of the many helpful people on hand to welcome them will be friendly faces like Kristi Mclellan and Sidharth Sondhi.

Art therapy student Kristi is a member of the University's Student Services Hub, which helps prospective students learn more about the University and all it has to offer - something they are uniquely qualified to do, being students and graduates of the University themselves.

Kristi, along with a host of other support staff from across the University, will be online and ready to help at the University's virtual Open Day being held between 10am and 2pm.

Open Day will provide thousands of prospective students with an exciting, interactive experience, where they can learn more about the University and discover why it's ranked within the top 2 per cent of universities worldwide.

From the comfort of home, prospective students, including this year's school leavers and those looking for a new career challenge or to upskill their qualifications, can explore course presentations, gain course and career advice, chat one-on-one with current students and teachers, and get a feel for campus life.

In addition, this year's HSC students can learn about the University's early offer pathway, HSC True Reward, which recognises that students are much more than their ATAR.

To acknowledge the disrupted year many current Year 12 students are facing, HSC True Reward will again give students the choice and flexibility of using their Year 11 results as part of their application, to take some of the stress out of applying for University next year and provide much-needed peace of mind.

Kristi knows from experience how useful attending Open Day can be when it comes to making that all-important choice about university study, and how to make most of the university experience, both in and out of the classroom.

"I attended Open Day at the beginning of my undergraduate degree. It eased my concerns about what to expect and what my responsibilities would be for me. The chance to speak with other students, academics and staff left me super excited to start my studies," Kristi said.