Georgia's sporting chance
WHILE most high school graduates anxiously await the first round of university offers, Georgia Quinn can take it easy.
The 18-year-old Xavier College graduate has already been accepted into her favoured course - a Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science at Southern Cross University (SCU).
With an ATAR score of 94.85, Georgia could have studied almost any course at any university but she said she chose to study locally based on course reputation and lifestyle.
"I only needed to get about 67 so I kind of blitzed it," she said. "I'm pretty sure a lot of other unis offer it (the course) but I'd heard the course at Southern Cross is really good and I have friends who've said the facilities are really up to date as well."
More than 81,000 people are waiting to hear whether they have been offered a place in the first round of university offers, with the news available from 9pm tomorrow.
In 2011, more than 57,637 offers were made in the first round.
While many of her friends are getting ready to move to cities such as Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne for university, Georgia is spending the summer teaching swimming and piano lessons in Ballina.
"My Dad is a swimming teacher in Ballina too so that's why I want to work in the fitness industry," Georgia said.
She hopes studying at SCU will lead to her becoming a personal trainer or physiotherapist.
That goal became a more achievable last week when SCU awarded her a Vice-Chancellor's scholarship, worth $15,000 over three years.
"It's for high achievers and think I might have got it because of my ATAR," she said.
While Georgia admitted she has no idea what life at university will be like, she knows she can handle the change.
"I think (SCU) will be a bit more relaxed and easygoing compared to the full-on city life," she said.
"Lismore is close to home and my brother also went to university there and he had a great time so I thought, 'Why not'?"
Students disappointed in their first round offer will be reassured to know second-round offers will be released on February 5.