Charles Sturt University student Ben Weller clearly remembers the lead up to the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) release day.
Like a lot of others, he had completed the Higher School Certificate (HSC) and was eagerly awaiting the big 'number reveal'.
Fast forward one year and the 19-year-old has just wrapped up what he calls the best year of his life - studying a Bachelor of Paramedicine.
"This time last year I had just finished my HSC," Ben said.
I had struggled through Year 12, so I was really nervous about my ATAR. But I had spoken with a Charles Sturt ambassador and realised that there were a lot of pathways into uni. The ATAR is not the be-all and end-all."
Not matter whether students are pleasantly surprised with their ATAR or need a Plan B, Ben recommends getting in contact with Charles Sturt University.
"Speaking with someone at Charles Sturt really opens your eyes to the possibilities. It also takes the stress off - especially after you've finished the HSC and you're worried about what course you should go for," he said.
"Charles Sturt has so many courses, scholarships and other opportunities to help find the right path for you. If your heart is set on something, I don't think anything should stop you. There's always a way."
ATAR Advice Day
For students across NSW and the ACT, ATARs will be released on December 17. Many will have a lot of questions about how to sort out their future.
That's why Charles Sturt University will host on-campus advice sessions on that day, where students and parents/carers can book in for a chat.
Whether you're unsure about course options, want guidance to organise preferences, information on admission pathways, help to accept an offer or are keen to know about the $3 million in scholarships up for grabs, experts at the ATAR Advice Day will have the answers.
Bookings must be made for the day, which will run from 1pm to 8pm, December 17, at regional campuses in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Orange, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga. Visit study.csu.edu.au/contact-us to lock in your on-campus consult.