Published on 6 February 2013
6 February 2013
OP1 students may traditionally go into medicine, but Eumundi 17-year-old Georgia Grayson is only interested in one career – teaching children.
The St Andrew’s Anglican College graduate said she was surprised to get the top score last year but it wasn’t a difficult decision to choose a Bachelor of Primary Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
“I know that going into a classroom every day to teach will make me happy,” Georgia said. “Becoming a doctor just wouldn’t suit me.
“I chose this degree because I love kids. I’ve wanted to be a teacher for a long time and I want to create opportunities for change in young people’s attitudes.
“USC will give me the uni lifestyle while I’m staying close to family and living at home.”
Georgia earned an award cum laude (with honour) in Year 12 at her Peregian high school and topped the subjects of Geography, Modern History and Graphics.
“I’m really interested in geography and I know education is a massive need for kids in rural areas and areas of poverty.”
Georgia has organised local charity events such as Save the Children’s Born to Knit campaign to send blankets to underprivileged countries and Frocktober to raise funds for ovarian cancer research.
“I just wanted to do something and, with such a supportive school, I had people encouraging me to go for it and friends to help me,” she said.
Georgia was impressed with the USC campus at Sippy Downs after visiting several times with her school, including for a chemistry competition.
Orientation Week starts at USC on Monday 18 February and semester one starts on Monday 25 February.
— Julie Schomberg