Triplets share university early offer excitement

Comrades: Olivia, Scarlett (with Archie the dog) and Beatrix Hardy. Most university offers will be made on January 18. Picture: Simone De PeakTHE Hardy triplets have shared every educationmilestone, from theirfirst day of school totheir final exams.

But after receiving early offers to universities in three different cities, Olivia, Beatrix and Scarlett, all 17, are preparing to forge their own separate paths.

“This will be a new chapter for all of us,”said Olivia, who attended St Philip’s Christian College at Waratah.

“The most time we’ve spent apart is about two weeks. It will be a weird experience, but I know we’ll always stay close. It will be good for us to branch out for a bit of independence.”

Beatrix agreed, but said the sisters’ relationship had played an important role in their success in the Higher School Certificate (HSC).

“We did a lot of similar subjects and could go into each other’s rooms and say ‘What do you think about this?’” she said.

“They were also great with moral support.

“It’s easy to think no-one else is experiencing what you’re feeling but they would say ‘I’m experiencing it too, so are 70,000 other students’ and that brought me back down to earth.

“We would also cram together before exams.”

Scarlett said it was “awesome” they’d been able to share the joyous experience of receiving an early offer.

“I’m so excited and proud for all of us,” she said.

The UniversitiesAdmissions Centre released on Thursday its first round of offers since students received their HSC results and n Tertiary Admission Ranks last week.

Olivia received an offer to study a double degree in arts and advanced studies (international and global studies) at the University of Sydney, but will take a gap year and work to save for a Europe trip.

“I had to put a lot of effort in, but hard work pays off,” shesaid.

“I’m really happy and am definitely feeling more relaxed now. I’d love a career in a non-government organisation or international charity.”

Beatrix received an offer to study a double degree in arts (history) and international relations at n National University. She will move to England in February to work at a boarding school for a year.

“Modern History was my absolute favourite class and I never got bored reading about it,” she said.

“I’d love to work in an embassy or to be a historian.”

Scarlett received two offers, for sport and exercise science at the University of Technology Sydney and for a fine arts (dance) degree at the Queensland University of Technology.

“Both seem really good and it’s going to be really tough to choose which one, but I’ve got about a week to decide,” she said.

“Our parents always said university was one of the best times of their lives, so it will be good to get out of the routine of the past 13 years and into the real world.”