Meet Brighton - Current UTS Engineering student. Future Chartered Engineer
After years of trekking from his home in Sutherland Shire to Glenaeone Steiner High School in Middle Cove, Brighton knows it can take a little effort to get where you want to go. Now preparing to enter his fourth year of a Bachelor of Engineering at UTS, he’s learnt the value of going the extra mile.
Initially, when Brighton missed out on the ATAR he wanted, it was a shock. “I was in America,” he says, “just after our schoolies. We did a one-month trip on the Colorado River. I remember we were in LA airport when the ATARS came out. I turned on the 4G for a quick look. I was disappointed, but I think I did the best I could. On the other hand, I thought my parents might kill me.”
“I was disappointed, but I think I did the best I could. On the other hand, I thought my parents might kill me.”
Far from killing him, Brighton’s mum and dad were firmly on his team. After all his years of long journeys to and from school, they wanted to help him find a way into the degree he wanted, at a university in the centre of the city. Looking for pathways to Engineering at UTS, UTS College was the first option they saw.
Brighton found it was the perfect next step for him. “What I was doing was almost like first year UTS, but they sort of ease you into it with lots of additional support and smaller classes. It’s a bit like high school, but with more independence. It’s a great way of transitioning into university life.’
He’s now looking forward to realising his potential as a civil engineer, and that disappointing ATAR is a distant memory. If he could say anything to his 18-year-old self it would be, “Really, there’s nothing to worry about. There’s a pathway for you. There’s always someone out there to help you get to what you want.”
Graduated from the Diploma of Engineering at UTS College.
Currently studying a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (honours).
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