OUTSTANDING: Chelsea Wallis was presented with the USC’s highest award, the Chancellor’s Medal.
OUTSTANDING: Chelsea Wallis was presented with the USC’s highest award, the Chancellor’s Medal. John Mccutcheon

Youngest university graduate, 18, planning next degree

MOST 18-year-olds are eagerly contemplating Schoolies Week and the end of their high school years.

But Marcus Beach's Chelsea Wallis is planning her next university degree.

The youngest ever University of the Sunshine Coast graduate has been studying for her Master of International Economics and Finance degree at the University of Queensland.

Now she's planning a return to the Sunshine Coast to be one of the first students enrolled in the new Bachelor of Laws degree next year.

"I had been expecting the big-city universities to have more advantages than the smaller unis," Chelsea said.

"But it's the other way around. There are so many extra benefits at USC: the individual touch, the character and the environment.

"I am thrilled to be coming back and going to such a great institution."

Chelsea met one of the program's founders, Anne Rees, and attended the information evening which attracted 270 people.

"Professor Rees has such invaluable experience and I am delighted to have the opportunity to learn from her," she said.

Chelsea doesn't think her study plans are unusual.

"I'm not studying longer than most people," she said. "Most are still at school, I'm doing it in a different way."

Chelsea achieved the highest award for a graduating student at April's graduation ceremony, the Chancellor's Medal.

She also received a University Medal for a near-perfect grade point aver-age of more than 6.8 out of seven.

Chelsea said it was "thrilling" to be part of the first intake of law students.


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