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First Nations school students get taste of campus life

Eelemarni Close-Brown -

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students are being immersed in campus life during a program aimed at boosting university enrolments.

The University of Sydney has welcomed 67 senior students from across the country for the five-day program.

For many, it is their first time visiting Sydney.

The program is tailored to participants' study interests to guide them in their exam preparation, how to apply for scholarships and university pathways.

They will participate in cultural and social activities throughout the week including a visit to the Sydney Opera House for a Bangarra Dance Theatre performance and and a meet and greet with the dancers.

Monica Dixon and Ari Green are among the students attending the winter school program which aims to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at the university.

Monica is a proud Kudjala/Ghungalu girl who attends Cairns State High School.

The year 12 student is interested in studying civil engineering or architecture.

"I am really interested in how things work and how structures stand, the development that is behind it all and also the aesthetics," Monica said.

She added that she had enjoyed coming to Sydney for the program, exploring the city and getting to experience the university's campus with other students.

Ari is a proud Worimi and Biripi boy in year 12 at Hunter Valley Grammar School who is interested in studying architecture and design.

He credits his year 11 design teacher Mr Morgan for encouraging him to apply for architecture at the University of Sydney.

"My nan is an artist and I have always been inspired by her and so I have been into drawing from a young age," Ari said.

The year 11 and 12 students will each receive a certificate of completion on Friday at a graduation ceremony.

Eelemarni Close-Brown - AAP

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