Parent ambassadors

Parent ambassadors

Hear from a few of our Parent Ambassadors and how they helped support their child make an informed decision on choosing a university to study at.

How did you help your daughter decide on a university?

  • We visited Macquarie’s Open Day and talked to the Psychology  staff that were available on that day and it really helped her get a better understanding of what Psychology was about at Macquarie which, in the end, helped her decide on starting her university degree here.

Advice for other parents

  • Listen to your son or daughter and see what topics or subjects light up their eyes. Keep an open mind and don’t steer them into a degree that you think might suit them. Make sure you give them the choice in selecting the course and be supportive of their decisions.

What stands out about Macquarie?

  • Flexibility in the timetables and enrolling in different units that are not within their chosen discipline
  • Work experience – having the opportunity to get industry experience through work-integrated learning
  • The lovely campus with its greenery is another stand-out of Macquarie

Describe your daughter’s experience at Macquarie so far

  • Arti has had a fantastic time so far at Macquarie! She’s just been on exchange to Canada for a semester which has broadened her horizon and helped her meet all sorts of different people with different viewpoints and she also has fantastic lecturers and supportive tutors in all her units.

How did you help your daughter decide on a university?

  • We read the UAC guide, the different uni course guides and visited info nights and open days. Shelby fell in love with Macquarie for its modern look, the friendly atmosphere and, most importantly, that work experience and internships are tied into every degree at Macquarie, allowing her to graduate with real world experience and networks.

Advice for other parents

  • Start researching universities and other institutions early – online and on campus. Don’t just look at the degrees they offer but all the other programs and opportunities available.
  • Be supportive of their thoughts, ideas and ultimately their decision. Your physical and emotional support is most important.

What stands out about Macquarie?

  • How easy it was to ask questions and get informed answers. To have questions heard, answered and support given is amazing.

Describe your daughter’s experience at Macquarie so far

  • Shelby is very happy at Macquarie and I am very proud of what she has achieved in four years. She has been offered incredible opportunities, including an international leadership symposium to Brazil and working on a human rights legal report with a child rights organisation in the Philippines.

How did you help your son decide on a university?

  • We were lucky. Nick knew what he wanted to study. We supported him by going to the open days with him, listening to the information given to all of us and discussing our impressions.

Advice for other parents

  • Listen to your son or daughter and help them work out their ultimate goal. Sit down with them and go through the information from the different universities and if there are still unanswered questions encourage them to call the Future Students team.

What stands out about Macquarie?

  • It is very well-respected for its course content and close working relationship with industry in the Macquarie Park Innovation District. Living on the Central Coast, the easy transport links were a huge advantage too.

Describe your son’s experience at Macquarie so far

  • Amazing! He has enjoyed nothing but positive experiences and is well on his way to achieving his dreams.

How did you help your son decide on a university?

  • We spoke to several people that we trusted that helped us to decide and encourage my Antonio to attend Macquarie University

Advice for other parents

  • Go to the open days, talk to your careers adviser and speak to current students studying at each university. All of these different opinions will give you a great overview of the university.

What stands out about Macquarie?

  • A well-established university, with wonderful grounds, great support network on campus and relevant degrees that are close to industry.

Describe your son’s experience at Macquarie so far

  • Couldn’t be better. He is so passionate about what he is learning, thanks to the teachers and staff of the university.

How did you help your son decide on a university?

  • I remember talking to Isaac about how Macquarie has such a strong community-based ethic because of its compulsory internships and leadership programs. Course guides were also a great resource in accessing information on career opportunities rather than just specific courses.

Advice for other parents

  • To think critically about what every university has to offer to your specific needs in a university course, including travel distance, class sizes, and extracurriculars, rather than being stuck in the old moulds of status and history.

What stands out about Macquarie?

  • It's a leader in promoting a well-rounded student who knows how to think for themselves, instead of being taught how to think.

Describe your son’s experience at Macquarie so far

  • 100% positive! Macquarie has given him experience in so many different ways including working on campus and studying what he loves.

If your child is enrolled at Macquarie University and you are interested in becoming a parent ambassador please get in contact with us at futurestudents@mq.edu.au or call at 02 9850 1846.


Is your child interested in studying at Macquarie?

Throughout the year we host several events – and they’re not all just for prospective students. Parents are welcome at most of our events too and we even tailor specific activities to address your questions. Register your details below and we’ll keep you updated.

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