LIKE many high school students, Redbank Plains teenager Ryan McFall was undecided about his future.
To gain more understanding about what profession he should choose, Ryan participated in the University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) Head Start program.
The program offers secondary school students the chance to explore opportunities university study can provide while also getting an early taste of what university would be like.
Ryan, 17, undertook the Introduction to Aviation course and had the benefit of attending lectures at USQ Springfield.
The Charlotte Mason College Year 11 student said mixing with lecturers and students in classrooms has put him in a better position to make an informed decision about his future.
“My main motivation behind joining Head Start was to gain a more rounded understanding of what learning in a university environment is like and to gain some insight into the aviation industry,” he said.
“It was rewarding being able to sit with and learn on an equal level with other USQ students, some of whom have substantial experience in the industry already.
“While I haven’t ruled out studying aviation, Head Start has encouraged me to look at the bigger picture and investigate all my options before deciding what I want to pursue as a career.”
Ryan is one of two students to complete an aviation subject through the program. He recently graduated the Head Start program at USQ Springfield.
A total of 87 students officially graduated from Head Start in Semester 1, 2017, including seven from The Ipswich State High School, two from St Augustine’s College and one from West Moreton Anglican College.
About 1000 high school students have successfully completed a Head Start course either at a USQ campus or via distance education since 2005.