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USC Law students Chelsea Wallis and Michael Jefferies

16 January 2014

Talk about success breeding success.

Two high-achieving students, who today received offers to study Law at the University of the Sunshine Coast, have also been invited to participate in an exciting global conference run by Harvard University in the United States.

Chelsea Wallis of Marcus Beach, who at 19 already has a USC Business degree, and Matthew Flinders Anglican College OP2 graduate Michael Jefferies, 18, of Buderim will fly to the United States next week to participate in the 2014 Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) conference.

This event will involve thousands of university students from around the world – including just 25 from Australia – participating in simulated activities of the United Nations.

HNMUN is held annually to give motivated students a unique opportunity to experience the challenges of international negotiation and diplomacy.

Conference delegates will gain insights into the workings of the United Nations by participating in large-scale debates on important global issues, a process that aids international awareness.

Chelsea and Michael, both of whom are keen on diplomatic careers, are eagerly awaiting the trip from 30 January to 17 February that will include visits to major cities like San Francisco, Washington DC, New York and Boston.

Chelsea, who is starting the Bachelor of Laws Graduate Entry program, said she was excited about the prospect of brainstorming at the conference on a variety of important issues.

“I’m also looking forward to meeting with many diplomats, US Congresspeople, as well as executives from the UN, World Bank and many other organisations,” she said.

Michael, who will study a combined degree in Law and Commerce, said the HNMUN conference would be a great adventure that has the potential to give him a competitive edge in the job market.

“There are lots of Law students graduating each year, so it’s what else you have done that can make the difference when applying for a job,” he said.

USC Professor of Law Anne Rees congratulated Chelsea and Michael on being invited to participate in the HNMUN conference and on being in USC’s first cohort of Law students.

— Terry Walsh

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