6 February 2014
The prospect of studying in Japan as part of his degree has attracted OP1 student Conor Fogarty of Caloundra to enrol at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Conor, 17, has been fascinated by Japanese culture, architecture and language for some time and his interest was heightened by a school trip to Japan when he was in Year 11 at Caloundra Christian College.
He excelled in Japanese during his senior high school years – winning State-wide Japanese language contests in 2012 and 2013 – and has signed up for a combined degree at USC in Arts and Science, majoring in Japanese and Chemistry.
“Going to Japan gave me a taste of Japanese life and culture, in which the ancient architecture and civilisation exists alongside the current civilisation,” he said. “I really like their architecture and their animation.”
The Caloundra Christian College dux, who topped his class in Chemistry, Physics and Maths B, is looking forward to taking part in USC’s Global Opportunities (GO) student exchange program.
The GO program enables students who have completed their first year at USC to study for one or two semesters at a partner institution overseas while still gaining credit towards their degrees.
Conor also said he chose USC because its proximity to his home would enable him to pursue plans to start a tutoring business while studying.
“The location of the university is quite convenient,” he said. “I was planning on starting my own Japanese tutoring business and it will be much easier here than if I was a student in Brisbane.
“Japanese isn’t widely offered on the Sunshine Coast. Some students might be finding it too hard if they don’t have a Japanese teacher at their school and are doing it by correspondence.”
Conor said his sights were firmly set on teaching English in Japan, but added that having a Science degree would widen his career prospects.
“Teaching is something that I’ve had an interest in for a few years now,” he said. “But I like science too because of the way it explains how the world works, and how it can affect advances in medicine or engineering.”
USC will welcome more than 3,000 new students to its annual Orientation Week from 24-28 February before Semester 1 begins on Monday 3 March.
— Terry Walsh