Cal’s Early Admission experience

This is why it pays to be early.

An ATAR or IB doesn’t tell us your hopes, your dreams and how hard you’re willing to work to achieve them. That's where UOW Early Admission comes in.

UOW student Cal got an Early Admission offer for a double degree of law and journalism before he sat his first HSC exam. We ask Cal how he did it and how he’s going.


The application 

I was good at English and, being someone who is pretty fascinated by the past, I adored Modern History. My Extension History major project was all about treaties and international laws, and that got me interested in the area of law.

I was attracted to Wollongong as a university and as a city, and it was one of the few places that combined journalism and law into a double degree. So I went ahead and applied for UOW Early Admission after hearing about it from our school’s Vice Principal.


The offer

I got an offer, even though my marks in maths weren’t outstanding. I think my marks in subjects more related to law and journalism were solid enough to show UOW I would do well in this degree and that I was passionate enough to keep myself motivated through the next five years.

My Early Admission offer took all the pressure off the HSC for me. Knowing I already had a place studying something I was passionate about was a weight off my mind. Not just in terms of the exams but also knowing what I’d be doing the next year. It was suddenly more about making myself proud and doing the best I could with less external pressures.


The belief

I was nervous about going to uni, but they must have seen something in me to believe that I could do it and I just had to do the same.


The future

The great thing about my law and journalism degree is that it opens so many doors for me. My dream job would be doing something like what John Oliver does on HBO, where he uses journalism to entertain and inform.


UOW Early Admission applications are open July-August.

Note: UOW expects that your HSC marks will match or exceed those shown in your Early Admission application. So, while you’ll still have to study for your exams (sorry about that), you’ll go into them with the confidence that we’ve got a place waiting for you.

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