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The Ultimate US/UK University Expo: Real Australian Students! (Sydney)

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SMC Conference & Function Centre

66 Goulburn Street

Sydney, NSW 2000


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As an Australian student, find out what it takes to gain admission into some of the world's most revered universities. The Ultimate US/UK Univeristy Expo brings you recent high school graduates from across Australia who were admitted into the likes of Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Oxford, and many other prestigious schools. This event is a must for any student considering an overseas study pathway in the United States or United Kingdom!


Collectively, our speakers have been accepted into the best educational institutions in the United States and the United Kingdom. Each topic is delivered by a speaker who is a perfect representation of success regarding that specific subject area.

1. Rizina Yadav, Accepted: Stanford, Yale, Princeton, and Oxford (Law)
Hi, I'm Rizina! I recently graduated from Merewether High School in Newcastle. I love reading and writing, currently in the midst of Sarah Bakewell's The Existentialist Café and writing an article about the relationship between Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and the populist renaissance, and going on spontaneous adventures with friends. My interest in philosophy and tendency to introduce philosophical questions in social situations has resulted in lots of exclamations of "Not again, Rizina!" from my friends. After university, I hope to work in some way to improve the accessibility and effectiveness of social and political systems of organisation.

2. Kartik Khanna, Accepted: Wharton, UPenn
My name is Kartik Khanna, and I'm from Perth. Born in Switzerland, but originally from India, I grew up in Perth’s western suburbs and attended Scotch College. Since I was a child, my favourite sports have been cricket and soccer, and I also like to travel and listen to all types of music. I’m looking forward to heading over to Wharton in September, where I hope to major in Finance and Business Economics.

3. Georgia Bradley, Accepted: Harvard (EA)
Hi there, I'm Georgia! I'm a recent graduate of Sydney Girls High and soon to be graduate of the Harvard class of 2022! I am passionate about all things economics - macro, micro, and mathematical- which sparked my interest in attending a world class institution whose most popular concentration is that very subject. I am also deeply passionate about women's physiology, and in my spare time you'll find me reading sport science journals and the scientific literature on strength training and nutrition. Due to these conflicting loves, I chose to defer my admittance to the UNSW medicine program to study pre-medicine and economics over at Harvard.

4. Nicole Kagan, Accepted: Harvard (EA)
Hey, I'm Nicole and I'm a recent graduate from Sydney Girls High School! I'm also a recently admitted student to the Harvard College Class of 2022. As far as my passions go, I'm a sucker for all things political (yes, in breach of one of the two cardinal rules about apporpriate dinner discussion topics) and will likely be majoring in Government or Economics during my time at College. In my spare time, you'll find me pretending to be a country (Model UN), debating (doing what I like to call 'competitive arguing'), volunteering, or watching TED Talks. Following graduation, I hope to pursue a Juris Doctor at Harvard Law School and eventually work for the United Nations in New York.

5. Corbin Duncan, Accepted: Harvard (EA)
My name is Corbin and I'm from Brisbane. I am orignally from Mackay in North Queensland but moved to begin my high school studies at St Joseph's Nudgee College where I was Vice Captain. I have interests in politics, economics and a passion for social justice. I'll be looking to major in economics.

6. Andrew Tang, Accepted: Harvard, Cambridge (Girdlers' Scholarship, NYU-AD, Yale-NUS (Deans Scholarship) Hey everyone, I'm Andrew and I've recently graduated from Scots College in Wellington where I was Dux and Vice School Captain. In my final year of high school, I was the recipient of the Prime Minister's Award for Academic Excellence for being the top student in New Zealand. Academically, I am passionate about science and business, and have had my scientific researched recognised with the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Premier Award. In my spare time, I love exploring the great outdoors and have competed nationally in both cross country and debating. I look forward to furthering these interests through reading Economics at the University of Cambridge as their Girdlers' Scholar later this year.

7. Annie Xu, Accepted: Yale Hi, I'm Annie and everytime I get a notification from the Yale 2022 Facebook Group, I feel so relieved that this is not a dream, that I'm actually going to be part of an amazing community. Throughout high school, I've been an avid Classics student and francophone, which put me in a tricky position every time someone asked me what I wanted to study in university (the expectation being some pre-professional, "useful" course). In Year 10, a Yale Young Global Scholars program in Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship 1) opened my eyes to the exhilarating world of entrepreneurship and 2) introduced the concept of liberal arts education - I didn't have to restrict myself to one domain! So now it's come full circle for me, and I'll be most likely studying the Humanities and exploring new ideas at Yale.

8. Madi Davis, Accepted: Imperial College London, Carnegie Mellon University (RD), Georgia Institute of Technology Hey! My name is Madi and I’m a future engineer from Sydney. I’m passionate about innovation and human-centred engineering & product design, particularly within the field of biotechnology. Outside of my academic interests, you can find me trying to master 3D CAD Design, playing guitar or volunteering. I have not yet committed to a college, but I am planning to either double major in electrical/computer engineering and biomedical engineering or complete a combined Masters and Bachelors Degree in Design Engineering.


12:30PM - Arrival

+Collect your welcome pack and network with attendees and speakers.

1:00PM - Choosing A Best Fit University
+An Insight into US & UK universities
+Why students choose to study overseas?
+Deciding on your best-fit university

1:20PM - The Journey: Year 9 - Year 12
+Outline of key dates/milestones
+Doing your research early
+Developing a personal brand

1:40PM -Reinforcing Your Candidacy with Extracurriculars & Leadership
+Quality vs Quantity
+How they impact your application?
+Types of EC/L's to consider

2:00PM - Breakout Session
+Option 1; Innovative Leadership: Creating your own campaign, organisation, or business!
+Option 2; A Parent's Guide to Overseas Education

2:45PM - Lunch & Networking
+Have a bite to eat, chat to other attendees, or just chill out!

3:10PM - Academics: Navigating the Prerequisite Admission Tests
+Introduction to SAT/ACT
+Choosing the right test?
+How to ace the test?

3:30PM - The Importance of Writing The Perfect Essay (US)
+Structuring the perfect essay
+Dissecting an admits successful essay

4:00PM - Oxbridge Interviews: Make or Break your Acceptance (UK)
+Preparing for the interview
+What's it like interviewing at Oxford?

4:30PM - Q&A
+Ask our panel of recent admits anything!

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  • Wharton (UPenn)

    Wharton (UPenn)

    Kartik Khanna

    Perth, WA

  • Stanford, Yale, Princeton, Oxford

    Stanford, Yale, Princeton, Oxford

    Rizina Yadav

    Newcastle, NSW

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