A change of preference certainly worked for current Flinders student Annabel Hodson (pictured), whose initial choice of courses at the end of Year 12 ranged across education, nursing and animal behaviour.
After talking with an academic adviser from Flinders at a change of preference session, she finally settled on a health sciences degree.
“It was a really helpful process,” Ms Hodson said, “and eventually I settled on a broader, better combination of subjects that matched my goals.”
This year, Flinders is offering a range of sessions that give prospective tertiary students a sampler of the courses on offer at Flinders.
From December 1 to 4, a series of information and experience days run by Flinders will let students who are heading to university take a closer look at what they could be studying next year and assist them in working out what their course and career options could be.
The 11 different sessions range across chemistry and physics; health sciences; nursing; optometry; social work and public policy; languages; business and commerce; law, justice and criminology; psychology; and medical science.
Sessions will be presented at venues that include Flinders University at Bedford Park and Victoria Square, and at the new ViTA facilities at the Repatriation Hospital.
The sessions will be promoted through advertisements on television and radio, and in print.
Several of the sessions will offer a real feel for areas of study – the session for nursing features interactive displays and the clinical skills laboratory laboratories, while students considering optometry and eye science can tour the new Flinders Vision clinic. Those interested in law, justice and criminology can see a simulated murder trial in progress.
Course advisers will be available to discuss study options, including combined or double degrees, and visitors can also chat with current students about their experiences.
“There is always an element of speculation about choosing a course – these hands-on information sessions are about giving a taster of what’s involved in a range of courses at Flinders, to let you make a more informed choice,” said Mr Peter Torjul, Director of Student Recruitment at Flinders University.
“Flinders puts a big emphasis on its quality of teaching as well as on providing a flexible study environment, so it’s worth having a good look which course, and at also at which university, you want to study, while you have an opportunity to change you preference.
”And if you’ve got it right the first time, these sessions can help confirm your preference and settle your mind.”
To see what’s on offer at Flinders, visit: flinders.edu.au/first