Julia Bartsh and Danny Tipton at orientation for Southern Cross University.
Julia Bartsh and Danny Tipton at orientation for Southern Cross University. Tweed Daily News

'Smaller' SCU proves popular

DANNY TIPTON, formerly of Foster, wants to forge a career in the surf industry and chose to study sport and exercise science at Southern Cross University to give him the edge.

Mr Tipton said he had the choice of a variety of universities up and down the NSW coast but decided on Southern Cross.

“It's smaller than the others which I think is better,” he said.

“You can get involved with your teachers and get to know your fellow students as well.”

Mr Tipton said he lived on the Gold Coast and was offered a place at Griffith University but turned it down in preference for Southern Cross University.

“And this course offers more industry accreditation,” he said.

For Kyle Russell, Scott Witchard, both of Kempsey, and Jackson Thorpe, of neighbouring South West Rocks, their reason for choosing Southern Cross University was simple.

“All our mates from school have come here,” said Mr Thorpe.

During his welcoming speech to new students yesterday, Southern Cross University Vice Chancellor Paul Clark said embarking on a university education was the best investment they could make for themselves.

“We are here to provide all the direction and help they need to help them graduate,” he said.

“It is also important to have fun and it can be a way to distinguish yourself when you apply for jobs.

Oreintation Week activities at SCU's Tweed and Gold Coast campus kicked off on Saturday with a sausage sizzle under the sails at SCU Riverside, Brett Street, in Tweed Heads.

During the week, international students will get the opportunity to tour Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary followed by a “Welcome to Kuntri” ceremony plus campus tours and a free welcome breakfast.



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