Shaun Hayes is looking forward to starting a double degree in science and engineering at UQ in Brisbane.
Shaun Hayes is looking forward to starting a double degree in science and engineering at UQ in Brisbane. Max Fleet

Off to the real world

THE class of 2011 got its final piece of the puzzle to help students plan for the "real world" when university offers were launched online yesterday.

Hundreds of last year's senior students spent Wednesday afternoon and yesterday logging on to find out which of their university preference they had been offered through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

Former Kepnock High School student Shaun Hayes, who battled health problems throughout years 11 and 12 including a tumour in his leg, was overjoyed to be accepted into a double degree in engineering and science at the University of Queensland (UQ).

"I was on the site for five hours on Wednesday night trying to see if I had been accepted," Shaun said.

The results were released by QTAC a day early, but many were not able to access their offers due to a system error.

The 19-year-old, who has a mild case of cerebral palsy, received an OP1 despite having to repeat Year 11 because he missed a lot of school due to medical treatment.

Shaun said he could not wait to move down to International House, one of the colleges at UQ.

"It's the only college which allows people from other countries to stay on campus, so I'm looking forward to meeting people from different cultures," he said.

For former North Bundaberg High School student Wendy Hooijer, the release of the offers meant a big sigh of relief.

Wendy was accepted into her first preference of a Bachelor of Commerce and Business Management at UQ.

"I'm really looking forward to it," she said.

"I was pretty confident as I only needed an OP6 and got a 3, but it's good to know I'm definitely in."

Wendy has already organised a place to live in Brisbane and is now looking for a part-time job in the capital.

Former Shalom College student Saarah Ahmed's news was mixed.

The youngster was offered places in applied medicine at Griffith University on the Gold Coast and James Cook University in Townsville, but she has missed out on her favoured course offered at UQ.

"I also really want to go to Monash in Melbourne, but those offers don't come out until next week," she said.

But Saarah was in no way disappointed with her effort.

"My family is moving to the Gold Coast, so Griffith will be convenient," she said.

The Avenell Heights teenager said she had been interested in medicine for a long time.

More than 37,000 people applied for university admission in Queensland in 2011.



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