The University of Wollongong is amongst the top universities in the world, due to the amazing research conducted by its staff and students.
Many believe that we are among the top ranks because of our incredible campus, which has serene areas such as this to get lost in or study.
The campus offers secluded study areas, a gym and pool, bar and overly aggressive ducks to those who attend the university.
Despite being a team of elite athletes, the St George Illawarra Dragons train regularly at the University of Wollongong. The fields are perfect for their drills, followed by a dip in the pool for recovery.
Many of the players attend UOW to study their degrees with the assistance of the Graduates of League program.
The program provides tutors and aid to the players to assist them in balancing their study with football.
Graduates of League encourages all footy players to undertake study and is in partnership with the University of Wollongong.
St George Illawarra Dragons National Youth Competition halfback Adam Clune told of his experiences at university studying a Bachelor of Law.
St George Illawarra Dragons players, who also study at the University of Wollongong, expressed how they feel about the current URAC Facilities.
Students who attend UOW from the St George Illawarra Dragons told of how they escape from the pressures of being an elite athlete and studious student.
Despite studying a Bachelor of Journalism, Shellie is also studying a Bachelor of Creative Writing to refine her natural skill as an aspiring writer.
Shellie recently wrote a fiction piece which was included in a two-page spread in the Tertangala, the University of Wollongong’s creative magazine.
She was ecstatic that her first attempt at writing for publication was accepted in the magazine and is looking to write regular pieces in the publication while she has the opportunity.
“I’ve always wanted to be a writer; uni offers me the opportunity to study for a career with journalism and study for love through creative writing,” she says.
In her second year of an Arts degree, Natalie hopes to one day be an English Teacher in Japan.
Already she is putting the foundations she needs in place for the future by studying Japanese at uni and in her spare time.
Later in the year she will have the opportunity to travel to Japan and stay with a host family to learn first-hand about the culture and where she will be working once she has completed her studies.
Natalie has always loved Japan and she was fortunate enough to travel there with her family for her 21st birthday but she understands that travelling there again will provide her with a differing perspective and an inside view of Japan’s peoples’ way of life.
When Jarrett boarded the plane to embark on his first overseas trip he had no idea he and his family would be stuck on the runway for two hours.
Grounded at Sydney airport with no access to the bathroom, they were offered snacks to pass the time, but that was little consolation.
It was another eight hours before he finally touched down in Hawaii and feels it was worth the wait wiling his days away in 25 degree heat on world class beaches.
“It was a great experience,” said Jarrett, sarcasm dripping from his voice, “but definitely worth the wait,” he adds.