YEAR 12 is a blur of assignments, exams, parties and farewells and often important events slip by when it comes to applying for university.
The university roadshow visited schools around Orange this week to help calm nerves, get students excited about university and make sure the deadlines do not pass them by.
The roadshow is an initiative between Charles Sturt University, Southern Cross University and the University of New England.
Representatives from each university talk about the real cost of living at university, the balance between parties and study and drill home how university is unlike school in that students are independent.
Southern Cross University representative Peter Marshall said often students who do not have older siblings struggle to understand the process involved in applying to university.
“They need to look at things like the real costs of living, like where are they going to live, instead of just leaving it until the second half of the year,” he said.
“And not assuming your parents are going to pay for it as well.”
He said they discuss things with students like, if they have a job in a chain retail store to organise a transfer early.
There are only 23 weeks of class for year 12 for the year.
University of New England spokesperson Stephanie Law said it was important students start thinking about their options now.
“Particularly applying for scholarships, and we offer a lot of those so we can help with that,” she said.
Charles Sturt University student advisor Rebecca Morgan said one of the key issues students may not focus on is that there are many doors and windows to get into university.
“We help show them that you can study one thing and apply for a transfer into another course,” she said.
The roadshow stopped at James Sheahan Catholic High school on Monday to meet with students from the school and from the Orange Christian School and Yeoval Public School and Canobolas Rural Technology High school students visited Orange High School on Tuesday.