When Taylah was in Year 12, tension was running high in the school hallways. Career dreams were at stake, and it was an ATAR score that could make or break a year (if not 12 years) of hard work. But Taylah wasn’t one to buckle under the pressure. “Teachers always told us that exams were important, you need to get a high ATAR score or you won’t have many options,” Taylah recalls, “but I never felt too much pressure because I knew that no matter what, I would always have an option to get into what I wanted”.
Taylah was focused on the field of law and justice, with her sights set on a degree in forensic science. While she knew she had options regardless of her ATAR, she was still disappointed to learn that she didn’t score high enough. But it didn’t get her down for long – while browsing online, she found OUA, and was attracted to Griffith University’s Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice. An OUA student advisor explained to Taylah that she could still qualify for entry despite her ATAR, if she first passed a few of the degree program’s core subjects. Taylah did just that – proving herself capable, and getting accepted into a degree that she was excited about. The subjects she completed were credited towards her degree, so it took her no extra time to progress to where she is today.
“Getting straight into the degree may be the easiest way, but it’s not the only way.”
A career within the justice system is what Taylah is looking forward to, with the intention to continue on with Griffith through OUA, into the criminology graduate certificate and masters. “At the moment, I’m really just enjoying criminology theory – learning why people do what they do, and working on preventing that” Taylah says. Her advice to high school students entering or finishing Year 12, is to understand that a lower ATAR score than desired is not a closed door. “As much as I can say don’t stress about it – you’re always going to.” says Taylah with a grin. “Getting straight into the degree may be the easiest way, but it’s not the only way.”
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Graduate Certificate of Security Studies and Criminology – Macquarie University
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