Herald Sun Article with 2020 College Captain Brendon Quintal

NEW YEAR HAS MUCH TO OFFER

REBECCA DINUZZO Herald Sun 15/1/2021

Year 12 mates Brendon Quintal, Jordan Di Nuzzo and Dylan Cummin, all 18, celebrate offers. Picture: TIM CARRAFA

STUDENTS across Victoria are seizing almost 50,000 firstround university offers.

A total of 48,676 tertiary offers were released by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre on Thursday for courses at universities, TAFEs and independent colleges.

Year 12s rocked by a virus year of lockdowns and home schooling were among those to find out if they had offers.

St Peter’s College, Cranbourne student Brendon Quintal said he knew ahead of time he’d got the right ATAR for his preferred course.

The 18-year-old, who juggled his studies with his role as school captain, said he was thrilled to get a spot in Victoria University’s Bachelor of Science course, where he said he planned to specialise in osteopathy.

“I did work experience with an osteopath and I thought this is what I love doing,” he said.

Many of his friends had managed to get into the courses they’d applied for despite the hurdles of last year, he said.

He was appreciative of the hard work of his Year 12 teachers.

“I reckon it was just as challenging for them,” he said. “They did an amazing job.” Monash University received the highest number of first-preference applications (14,713). The next round of offers is in February.

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