A series of administrative glitches when Tyler Dayan moved from New Zealand to Australia after his final year of high-school meant he missed the cut-off dates to apply for the university courses he had in mind.
Remembering his options, the aspiring engineer says, ‘Some pathway courses were still open, and I chose UTS Insearch because the Diploma of Engineering can count as first year in Engineering at UTS. It looked like the best course of action because I wouldn’t lose any time doing it that way.’
It was a plan that worked out well for him. Tyler has now completed is diploma and is preparing to continue his Bachelor of Engineering degree at UTS.
‘I’m fascinated by how things are engineered in our world,’ he says. ‘I love the problem-solving aspect. You use physics knowledge, maths knowledge, sometimes even chemistry knowledge to solve real-world problems. I chose software engineering because I enjoy programming. Software engineers do a lot of that. It would be great if I could create applications that make life easier for people.’
Although Tyler was the top student in his diploma course, he says he didn’t always get good grades when he was in high-school. He was determined to do better at UTS Insearch.
‘They helped me achieve the grades I wanted,’ he says. ‘I’m much better at maths than I used to be. I never really learnt calculus in high school, and I struggled a lot with physics. At UTS Insearch, the teachers really care. Any time I didn’t understand something, I could go to them and they would explain it. Studying at UTS Insearch has been good for me.’