Published on 3 June 2014
Harvard one day, Oxford the next. Chelsea Wallis is attending two of the world’s most prestigious universities this year while studying her first year of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s new Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry).
The Marcus Beach resident has been accepted into Oxford University’s History, Politics and Society Summer School to be held in England from 6-26 July.
At 19, Chelsea already has a USC Business degree and Graduate Certificate in Arts (Politics and International Relations) and a University of Queensland Graduate Certificate in Economics.
“I’ll be one of only 12 students worldwide in my seminars on British Politics 1900-1945 and The Changing Face of Britain,” said Chelsea, who can’t wait to soak up the atmosphere while staying in Oxford’s Exeter College as it celebrates its 700th anniversary.
“This opportunity is fantastic for my future. Once I finish Law at USC, I want to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship to study the graduate law program at Oxford.
“I’m passionate about studying British history, politics and legal systems because of their tremendous influence on Australia’s own structures. It was my childhood dream to study at Oxford.”
Chelsea will also study an intensive weekend course in French at Cambridge University during her trip.
This follows her participation in January at a global conference run by Harvard University in the United States.
She and fellow USC Law student Michael Jefferies were invited to the 2014 Harvard National Model United Nations conference, where they gained insights into the workings of the UN by debating global issues.
“It was incredibly valuable to work with students of such calibre,” she said.
Chelsea said she was delighted to receive USC sponsorship to assist her travel to Oxford in July.
– Julie Schomberg