Published on 13 December 2012
13 December 2012
At an age and time when her friends are finishing school and contemplating whether to study or work next year, Chelsea Wallis has already finished her University of the Sunshine Coast degree.
Chelsea, who turned 18 in August, said she enjoyed her USC Business degree so much that she’s continuing with postgraduate study in 2013.
The Marcus Beach resident, who finished her final exam in November and will graduate in April, started her USC studies at age 15 after jumping two levels to graduate high school early. She has a genius IQ score of 165.
“Because I started uni so young it was a learning process, figuring out what I’m interested in and what I want to do as a career,” Chelsea said.
“I did a minor in International Business and took a lot of electives in diverse areas such as Creative Writing and Sustainability.
“I love the creative industries but I want to make a difference in international diplomacy, law, economics and international relations. I would be thrilled to work as an Australian ambassador or with an influential organisation that operates at a global scale, such as the United Nations or World Bank.”
Next year Chelsea will study a Master of International Economics and Finance at the University of Queensland.
“It’s been a wonderful experience getting my first degree from USC,” she said.
She listed achievements such as her five subject awards, selection of her short story for inclusion in the University’s online publication, helping set up the Performing Arts Kollective and receiving scholarships from Zonta and Graduate Women Sunshine Coast branch.
She has also been working at USC as a peer adviser.
“I was able to study my whole first year at the Noosa campus and then the shuttle bus was really helpful to Sippy Downs because I wasn’t old enough for my licence,” Chelsea said.
Her mother Samantha said she was proud her daughter’s hard work, which was expected to result in a Grade Point Average close to a perfect 7.
“We’re grateful to have this facility close to home to enable Chelsea to study without moving out, because of her age,” Samantha said.
“The support she has received from lecturers and course coordinators has been wonderful.”
— Julie Schomberg