University of Wollongong graduate Jack Nuske never dreamed of achieving a distinction average at university after underwhelming results in high school.

His ATAR didn’t allow him entry into a Bachelor of Exercise Science.

Instead of dropping his head, Mr Nuske applied himself, did a bridging course at UOW College, successfully completed it with high grades in 2015, and was offered a place in exercise science for 2016.

He worked hard from the start, and on 6 November, he celebrated his graduation from UOW with distinction.

“First year is crucial, it does influence your grades and your final year,” Mr Nuske said.

“It’s hard to change your marks overall if you don’t start well.

“I wanted to prove to myself I could achieve those marks, after getting my HSC results.”

He enjoyed the technical subjects the most, such as neuroscience and sensorimotor control of movement.

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