Facts & figures
- #20 in the world for Education
- 2020 QS World University Rankings
Facts & figures
No one in my family had previously studied at a tertiary level, so choosing a university was a big decision for me.
I chose the University of Sydney because of its reputation, established excellence, and long list of successful alumni. I knew that USYD was the place I wanted to study.
Becoming a high school teacher was something I wanted to do from the age of 16. Most people see teachers as annoying adults who give you homework when all you want to do is play video games.
My personal experience was very different.
I had several teachers who served as role models and figures of support during my teenage years. From sporting decisions to academic pathways, my teachers were always there for me. That’s why I decided to follow this path; so that I can give back to the system that gave so much to me.
After my first practical subject. I spent four weeks at an amazing school with a very confident and down to earth group of kids, and I thought “Hey! I could get used to this.”
It was during this hands-on experience in the classroom that I knew I made the right decision to study a Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences) and Bachelor of Arts at Sydney.
It’s such a strong degree and the connections the Uni has with Sydney high schools is outstanding.
I feel that the tutors are sometimes taken for granted. You never really understand how remarkable it is to be taught by people who have different life experiences from you until after the fact.
My USYD experience was filled with compassionate, knowledgeable, down to earth teachers. Many of my tutors had a long-term impact on my career choice and teaching style.
When people say your practicum and internship are some of the most important parts of your degree, they’re not wrong.
During my internship (final prac) I built key relationships with some very nurturing educators. Once my 8-week journey was complete, I was fortunate enough to be offered a full time (temporary) contract the following year. With how competitive it is to score a teaching role, it was a really happy surprise: I took the opportunity with both hands and ran with it.
As a first-year teacher, I felt like I wanted more from my role after a few months. When an opportunity for the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) coordinator came up, I knew I wanted to apply and take part.
I was fortunate enough to have come across the awesome work of AIME through Sydney University, but also through one of my practical experiences. It’s been very on/off as a result of COVID-19, but the opportunity to support student welfare has always appealed to me.
I can’t stress enough how valuable my education at USYD was.
From simple classroom management strategies to in-depth subjects about disability in education and global education, there are many things you draw on in the classroom. I never really understand how different children can be until I walked into a school, with over a thousand students, and every single one of them needs to be taught differently.
Being a teacher is not just about knowing content: it’s about building relationships, managing behaviour, creating a safe space. My degree touched on every aspect of being a teacher, in even the smallest way.
Go for it and don’t look back.
USYD and studying at uni generally was an amazing experience. I’ve met some incredible people at the University of Sydney and remain in contact with many of them now we’re all qualified teachers. The quality of teaching and the importance of key subjects help prepare you for a career in one of the most rewarding industries.
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