“Madison is my first child to start university. People might not realise it can also be a very daunting experience for the parent,” says Sharon.
VU’s First Year Model is alleviating those fears for first-year students and their families, setting them up for future success.
“The First Year Model ensures Madison will receive one-on-one attention from teaching staff and the support from her classmates,” says Sharon. “If Madison finds her first year of uni relatively stress free, she will be more inclined to succeed and gain more satisfaction from her studies.”
Through the globally-successful ‘block mode’ learning structure, students complete one subject at a time before moving on to the next – all in a smaller, workshop-style class setting. And with a focus on hands-on learning and gaining skills for the workforce, students become more confident and attractive to employers.
Bachelor of Exercise Science (Clinical Practice) student Madison is just excited for her studies to begin now.
“First Year Model seems like a great idea to help first year students adjust to uni life,” she says. “I’ve told my friends [attending other unis] about it and they think it will be so beneficial – they actually sounded a bit jealous!”
We wish Madison, and all our first year students a warm welcome to VU and all the best in settling into uni life. Stay tuned for more of Madi’s journey.
Writer: Jessica Jury