TAI students get a feel for uni life at University of Melbourne
Monday 29 June 2015
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Year 12 students participating in the TAI Academic Enrichment Program recently participated in a family weekend visit to the University of Melbourne.
Wurundjeri Elder, Aunty Di Kerr, welcomed everyone to Country before families introduced themselves to staff and students at the University. In an instant, connections were made across families, places and subject interests. Families also connected with the local community, heading to Bunjilaka on the Saturday afternoon to hear more stories.
One of the family members involved said, “Being so far from our home town we really felt we needed to see it first hand to know what we're all working towards. I also wanted to know more about student support, financial assistance, living on campus, ATAR requirements and other pathways.”
The weekend was an opportunity for students and their families interested in the University of Melbourne to meet current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander uni students, find out what college life is like, and to be introduced to the support that Murrup Barak and the Wilin Centre offer Indigenous students. Over the weekend, students and families were hosted by Trinity College, Whitley College, Medley Hall and Ormond College.
TAI year 12 student Tanayah said, “I enjoyed my time at the Colleges, and seeing how different they all are. The highlight for me was the dinner at Medley College. The atmosphere, size and people made me feel really welcome”.
On the Saturday night, students and their families were lucky enough to be joined by a number of Aurora Scholars at Medley Hall for a dinner filled with yarns about uni life and students’ different interests.
TAI year 12 student, Kate reflects, “it was an informative weekend and I really enjoyed how we got to explore the colleges on campus and gain insight into the courses available at Melbourne University”.
TAI’s Academic Enrichment Program is a project of The Aurora Education Foundation.