Future's looking bright for Charles

On top of academic, music and sporting commitments, St Andrew’s student Charles has been busy seizing opportunities.

The Year 11 student was recently accepted into not one, but three highly sought-after educational programs.

Thanks to a $2000 grant from the Eumundi Rotary Club, Charles secured a place on the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) at the Australian National University in Canberra next year.

The NYSF is a 12-day residential program designed to give Year 12 students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage continued studies in these fields.

“The great part about the NYSF is that it’s not just about the 12 days you spend in Canberra – it brings people who love science together and we are encouraged to stay in touch with both the participants and the University,” he said.

Charles is also looking forward to attending a five-day QUT Vice-Chancellor’s STEM camp later this month.

“Science is one of those subjects where you just have to think harder; there isn’t always a right answer,” he said.

Moving away from the focus on science, Charles was also recently accepted into UQ’s Young Scholars Program.

Designed to nurture and develop future leaders, the five-day Program presents students with an exciting opportunity for academic extension and enrichment.

“I was really happy the hard work on the applications paid off, and was fortunate to have Mr Bowen and Mr Koy’s support,” he said.

“I know the applications were worth it as I’m going to have a great time and make plenty of connections.”

“I am very excited to have these opportunities ahead of me.”

At this stage, Charles is interested in pursuing a career in Aviation after graduating.