ANTICIPATION: Kyogle High School graduates Arlo Hook and Elizabeth Clark are keen to see what university place they will be offered.
ANTICIPATION: Kyogle High School graduates Arlo Hook and Elizabeth Clark are keen to see what university place they will be offered. Susanna Freymark

Students on cusp of exciting opportunity

KYOGLE High School graduates Elizabeth Clark and Arlo Hook eagerly await offers from universities today.

The main round of offers from the Universities Admissions Centre will confirm places for students across the state.

Sport and exercise degree

Arlo hopes to study a four-year degree in sport and exercise at Griffith University.

"My favourite subject at school was physical development and health education," Arlo said.

Arlo's degree could see him work with athletes or be a personal trainer.

It means he has to keep himself fit.

"I train three hours a day - one hour of indoor soccer and a session in the gym," he said.

Griffith University is an hour and half drive from Kyogle, and Arlo plans to live with friends while studying. His older brother is a soldier in the army.

Arlo wants to 'get back into a routine' that he hopes university life will provide.

Ready to study law or pharmacy

Elizabeth might be heading to Griffith University too. She has had an offer to study pharmacy at the Gold Coast campus, but she thinks she'd prefer to study law.

A last-minute change of mind saw her travel to Wagga Wagga for an interview to study vet science at Charles Sturt University.

"I was unsure what I wanted to do, so I picked a big range of things," Elizabeth said.

While she waited for the main-round offers, Elizabeth helped out on the family's 320ha beef cattle property and at her mother's physiotherapy clinic.

"The thought of leaving home is a bit daunting, but I'm excited to meet new people," she said.

HSC stressful

Elizabeth's mother Robyn Clark said the HSC year was stressful.

"Lizzie worked so hard, and it's a big decision where she goes from here," Ms Clark said.

She faces another HSC this year, with her daughter in Year 12 and a son in Year 10 as she waves off her first child.

"I'll miss her a lot. I'm happy for her. She'll have her best years at uni," she said.

Kyogle High School principal Gae Masters said the students always strived to do their best.

"I'm always proud that students attending their local public school achieve such good marks."



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