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Allowed and supported to be herself

One size doesn’t fit all and high school student Aida Murar Malagui was savvy enough to realise this, and to go on and find the right fit for her journey at TAFE Queensland.

“I used to go to a regular high school, and I just felt that there were more opportunities for me here,” explained Aida, who is completing a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCAA) – the high school senior years – at TAFE Queensland’s Senior College.

The Year 11 student is also undertaking ATAR subjects, which will allow for her to apply for university if she so chooses, at the end of year 12.

“The teachers have been wonderful – they have helped support me despite me having anxiety issues," said Aida.

“I get very anxious with deadlines and stuff, and I close myself off a lot, but they really respected that. I don't feel like I'm doing something wrong when I express that I'm anxious. Like, it feels that yes, I am (anxious) – I have this problem, and that's fine,” she explained.

“I'm allowed to be myself and I'm still given the opportunities that other students who probably don't come from the same background as me, would be given. I can have a disability and still excel,” continued Aida.

TAFE Queensland Alexandra Hills campus in Brisbane exclusively hosts the Senior College program, with 15 to 17 year old senior year students provided with mentoring, flexibility, career guidance officers, and immediate 24/7 AccessAbility support.

Those not wanting to pursue the university route will get direct entry into TAFE Queensland courses on completion, and, will also graduate from Senior College job ready.

Aida’s advice?

I would say take the opportunity to do Senior College, whoever you are. Just take it because there are so many opportunities available here for all sorts of people,” she said.

Senior College is designed for 15 to 17-year-olds who are seeking an alternative to high school. Study traditional high school subjects like English, math, arts and drama in a flexible and practical learning environment, with the opportunity to go onto further study at uni or TAFE or straight into work when you finish.