JOSIE Nancarrow breathed a sigh of relief when she learnt she was able to study her dream course in Tasmania.
The decision to undertake a university degree was scary enough, but the thought of moving interstate added new elements.
Miss Nancarrow, now halfway through a bachelor of exercise science with help from the Harold Carroll Memorial Scholarship, said attending a University of Tasmania taster day eased her fears.
‘‘I was under the impression I had to go to the mainland to do physio,’’ she said.
‘‘I learnt I could do the exercise science degree as a link into physio, which meant I could stay in Tasmania. It was pretty cool to learn I could stay.’’
The University of Tasmania’s taster day also helped Miss Nancarrow make a number of friends.
Now the Mowbray woman volunteers to help others in her position.
She advised prospective students to keep their eyes open.
‘‘Look at your options and know you don’t have to go to the mainland to study everything,’’ she said.
‘‘Don’t be afraid to try things, they’re all very, very helpful here, and when you do get here don’t be afraid to talk.’’
Miss Nancarrow said she enjoyed university because it was fun and challenging.
For more information about taster days, visit utas.edu.au