Michelle performed an intricate dance routine in celebration of recent success stories from across the University’s faculties, schools and centres. An animated background projection was specially designed to contextualise her performance: reflecting the many ways in which the University is making an extraordinary difference in the world in which we live.
Carefully executed chorography showcased a diverse range of accomplishments, from students improving dental care in a Transylvanian orphanage to researchers exploring ways to use nanoparticles in the fight against multiple sclerosis.
Michelle started ballet classes at the age of six and progressed to full-time ballet school when she was 15. She was able to pass years 11 and 12 by correspondence through Sydney Distance Education High School while simultaneously studying classical ballet at the Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts.
While considering options for what she would do next, Michelle was nominated for the University’s Early Offer Year 12 Scheme (E12). This is a program that helps students gain access to university by looking, not just at their ATAR, but other achievements and motivations. E12 gives students like Michelle the opportunity to demonstrate their potential to succeed at University by presenting evidence of their community involvement and activities outside of school.
Michelle originally planned to pursue microbiology but her experience with an eating disorder inspired her to follow a different path: a science degree with a major in psychology. Her next goal is a postgraduate degree in legal studies – as she believes the law can play a vital role in the support of people with mental health issues.
Our donors are helping create one-of-a-kind opportunities for talented students like Michelle to take a big step towards a brighter future. If you are interested in supporting the E12 scheme, please contact one of our Development Officers:
T +61 2 9351 3253
T +61 2 9036 5255