By Callan Date
WHEN Michelle Niazmand discovered she had been offered a tertiary place at the University of Melbourne she couldn’t stop smiling.
And there are sure to be many more bright smiles in the 18-year-old’s life when she completes her bachelor of oral health degree.
The Endeavour Hills resident and Eumemmerring College graduate was thrilled to receive her second preference and be, arguably, attending one of the finest education facilities in Australia.
Michelle said she chose not to have her offer printed in the newspaper as she had concerns over not being selected in her desired course – a worry now non-existent.
“I got an SMS message about 9am and I quickly ran to the computer to check the course code and see which offer I had,” Michelle said.
“I was so excited. I then told my parents about it and they were really happy for me.”
Michelle said she was slightly daunted by the prospect of moving from the small confines of her former Hallam campus to the historical buildings and open spaces of Melbourne University.
“It was my goal all along to go to Melbourne Uni. It was in the back of my mind during year 12 that if I worked really hard I might get in,” she said.
“I really want to travel and the oral health course should let me work and travel when I finish.”
She said the three-year course offered extensive learning about oral hygiene and also focused on oral health in communities and society in general.
Michelle said her brother, who has just completed his university studies, had offered her a range of advice on life as a university student.
“He said it will be a new adventure.”
It’s an adventure Michelle can’t wait to tackle head-on.
By Callan Date