The of­fers out for Uni

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

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.”

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Hit­ting the books: Ioana Zaharia pre­par­ing for her univer­sity de­gree

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