Published on 3 August 2012
A Little Mountain woman who has just completed a degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast will leave for America on 11 August after winning a highly sought-after graduate position at the University of Mississippi.
Cassie Janetzki, 26, last semester crammed five courses into her USC Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Justice and Legal Studies, to successfully finish in July so she can take up the graduate assistantship offered to her in America’s south.
“I’ve been offered a full assistantship which includes full coverage of almost $60,000 in tuition fees to study a Master of Criminal Justice over two years, as well as a separate part-time job working for a professor,” she said.
Cassie said the exciting career move was a direct result of her participation in USC’s Global Opportunities (GO) program last year, when she spent a semester studying at the University of Mississippi in the town of Oxford.
“I was absolutely stoked with the GO program,” she said.
“I did three undergraduate courses and one graduate course in America and got really good grades, even though the lecturers said it must be hard to learn their legal system at the same time.
“They suggested I apply for a graduate assistantship – one of only two offered by their legal studies faculty – and I got it.
“Oxford is a beautiful country town and I can’t wait to start lecturing and studying and living there.”
The former Suncoast Christian College student, with a passion for law, said she was also delighted to be showing her seven-year-old son the value of continuing education.
USC International Coordinator Liani Eckard said the University of Mississippi, known as “Ole Miss”, had been popular with USC students since it became a partner in 2008.
— Julie Schomberg