Border and North East students were some of the more than 48,000 to receive first-round university offers from VIctorian Tertiary Admissions Centre on Thursday.
And for many, including Catholic College Wodonga graduate Hannah Ingram, achieving their goal of university after a disrupted final year of high school, was something they never thought would come.
"It was a struggle but it just goes to show what you can achieve, even in the toughest of circumstances," Miss Ingram told The Border Mail.
She received an offer to study a bachelor of medical imaging and radiography at Monash University this year.
The four year undergraduate course was something that meshed together her two passions - science and looking after people.
"Year 12 was pretty hard to be honest but to come out the other side, after how uncertain I was during exams, being offered a place in the course I wanted was all worth it," Miss Ingram said.
The proud Wiradjuri woman, who was also one of the highest achievers in her class, has also received the Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship as well as the Monash Indigenous Scholarship for Achievement and Equity.
"I am honoured to be a recipient of both scholarships," Miss Ingram said.
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"They will make my uni experience just that little bit easier by taking the pressure off."
La Trobe University will welcome more than 4000 first-year students across its five campuses, including in Wodonga.
In a statement the university said the courses with the highest number of offers made up in the January round are nursing, health sciences, biomedicine, arts, sport and exercise science.
La Trobe University acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Pike congratulated students commencing their studies this year and said the university would continue to make VTAC offers in subsequent rounds.
These school leavers will be the generation to watch, he said.
Despite the upheaval and uncertainty they have experienced because of the global pandemic, this cohort of students has come out on top.
"They have redefined what it means to be resilient and we are thrilled that they have chosen to further their studies at La Trobe.
We have already made a large number of offers directly to students in a number of popular graduate entry qualifications such as law and nursing and expect to see this trend continue over the coming months."
VTAC data showed Monash University received more undergraduate commonwealth supported place first preferences than any other Victorian university with 9458 places offered.