The offers out for Uni
MID-YEAR university offers are out and Port Douglas’ Ioana Zaharia has been accepted in to James Cook University to study a life-long fascination.
Accepted into a bachelor of social science, Ms Zaharia has decided to study two majors - criminal justice and archaeology.
“I’ve always wanted to do archaeology ever since I was little, I know it is nothing like in the movies but I was watching The Mummy and it was amazing,” she said.
“I was young and everyone else was scared at my age but I said, ’That’s what I’m going to do’, and I got online and started reading everything about mummies and all different types of stories and it fascinated me.”
Ms Zaharia decided to apply for the degree for a career change after working in hospitality since she graduated from Mossman State High School in 2010.
“I was going to have a break and when I started to work it was going to be just a job, but then I got offered a career and decided it wasn’t what I wanted to do,” she said.
“I decided to change and I just wanted to get into university as quickly as possible, that’s why I applied for a mid-year entrance.”
Of the mid-year applications, 77 per cent were offered a tertiary place and the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre said the majority of applicants are those looking for a career change, who want to upgrade their skills and Year 12 school leavers who had taken a break.
Going to university in the middle of the year will make the transition easier for Ms Zaharia, who is now getting prepared to start on July 24, with orientation the week before.
“At the moment I’m trying to get onto the website trying to see how I can choose all my majors because it’s very confusing and buying all the books I need,” she said.
“I think I’m going to stay in Port because it’s easier and my mum goes to university so we could just travel together.
“My mum is very proud of me, she even wrote on my Facebook page.”
Hitting the books: Ioana Zaharia preparing for her university degree