If you're living in Warrnambool, you don't have to leave your own backyard to experience a world-class university and enjoy a lifestyle that is the envy of many people.
Deakin University is offering new Destination Australia Scholarships (with a cash payment up to $15,000 per year) and Deakin Warrnambool Residential Scholarships (50 per cent of your accommodation costs with Deakin residences paid).
Both scholarships are available to domestic students enrolled full-time at the Deakin Warrnambool Campus and who are studying on-campus in trimester one, 2020.
With more scholarships on offer than ever before, plus all traditional avenues to Deakin Warrmambool being easier to negotiate than ever, there has never been a better time for a sea-change, or sea-stay if you will.
They could be studying locally and have the support of their friends and family.Dr Linda Thies, language and learning adviser, Deakin Warrnambool
A smooth transition
Language and learning adviser at Deakin Warrnambool, Dr Linda Thies, works with students to improve their study experience.
She says the leap from secondary school to university is often a time of great change, but in her experience student shave the ability to thrive at a time of upheaval and change.
"It depends on the nature of the student, the size of their classes and the residence that they are staying in if they've moved away," Dr Thies said.
"There are so many variables that can be positives or negatives for them.
"Often students try a course in Melbourne and when it doesn't work out they think they have failed and university is not for them, which is not the case. They could be studying locally and have the support of their friends and family."
An intimate way to learn
Dr Thies believes the benefit of the smaller Warrnambool community makes it easier form supportive connections.
"We get to know the students very well," she said.
"They tell me that they can just knock on their lecturer's door and know that they will be happy to chat to them. I don't think that happens on larger campuses."
Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery student Bonnie Dwyer echoed those thoughts.
Despite having many options at her disposal, when it came time to choose a course, the Warrnambool campus won out. Bonnie knew the transition to uni could be tough and she was keen to keep some consistency in her life.
"First year was crazy, there were just so many different things to get used to so being at home was a real benefit," she said. "It was really nice to have something constant.
"The lecturers are amazing. Erin, the lecturer, knows us all personally. If you ring her she'll help you out with assignments or questions if you're on placement.
"The sense of community is really nice.'
Make the transition from school to university smoothly and enjoy a desirable location and the intimate learning Deakin Warrnambool offers.