Wallan Secondary College's Class of 2013 are excited about their futures, with the VTAC first round tertiary offers having been released last week.
Of the 41 students that applied for tertiary positions through VTAC, 31 (76 percent of applicants) received first round offers into the course of their choice.
Students of Waqllan's Class of 2013 met with Careers and Pathways manager Mr Brian Howley, and principal Wendy Caramarco to discuss their offers and plans for next year.
"Students were offered such a different range of courses, including film, music, teaching, science, engineering and sports therapy," Mr Howley said.
"As Careers and Pathways Manager, I've worked closely with the students through 2013 to help then decide what they want to do, and it's great to see a lot of them get into the courses they chose. They have every right to be proud and exicted about entering adulthood down their chosen path. 81% of our students gained employment or a tertiary offer for 2014, we're really proud of that. The second round offers are released in February, and I'm fairly confident that more offers will be made at that time," he said.
Principal Wendy Caramarco is also impressed with the students' efforts.
"This is the third year that Wallan Secondary has had a group of Year 12 students coming through and the data shows that each year, we're just growing, getting better and better," Ms Caramarco said.
"Not only are the results something to be proud of, but also the attitudes and self-confidence of students. The students haven't let the fact that they're from a non-metropolitan school dishearten them, they've worked hard and claimed their place in the state. It isn't easy, but they worked hard, and we are very proud of all the students," Ms Caramarco said.
Amongst the students to receive first round offers is Sarah McDonald, who will be attending RMIT in Bundoora to study laboratory medicine.
"I chose this course because it seems very focused; the course outline really caught my attention," she said.
"I plan to do this course as an undergraduate degree, and then use it to get into medicine. The fact that fourth year offers industry placement was also appealing, because the chances of being offered a job are higher," she said.
Looking into the future, Sarah aims to becme a surgeon or work with the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia.
Louise Dunleavy will be taking a massive step my moving to Warrnambool to study nursing at Deaking University.
"I initially wanted to study paramedicine, but my ATAR wasn't high enough. Nursing will be a pathway into that course. I'm both sad and happy about making the move to Warrnambool, I don't know anybody up there so it'll be a good sea change," she said.
Chloe Foley will be heading to Footscray's Victoria University campus to study Prep to Year 12 teaching.
"I've always wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember, since primary school, so I'm glad I got the offer," she said. "It will be tough, becasue I'll still be living in Wallan and will have to catch two trains and a bus, and I'm not really familiar with the publis transport system, but I guess I'll learn."
Wallan Secondary College's dux was Emma Frisch, who scored a very impressive 99.30.