RLC students participate in UQ Young Scholars Program

Two of Redeemer’s Year 11 students, Teresa Poon & Mikaela Clark were privileged to be a part of over 200 Year 11 students participating in the University of Queensland’s Young Scholars Program (YSP) last week. 

Mikaela Clark & Teresa Poon

The program was a five-day residential camp from Sunday 25 November to Thursday 29, boarding at Kings College. After arriving at UQ on Sunday morning, we were introduced to our mentors and colour groups through a variety of fun activities in the Great Court. Whilst many Young Scholars were from Brisbane, many were from the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast, regional and northern Queensland. Some even travelled from NSW and Adelaide to attend the camp. 

We began each day by waking up (a bit too early) by the mentors blaring music, particularly “The Final Countdown”. We had the opportunity to go to a morning exercise session, choosing between yoga, running or bootcamp, or to simply have a little bit more of a sleep-in. 

Throughout the week, we heard from inspiring guest speakers who encouraged us to step up and be heard, so that we can help others. These included scientist Joel Gilmore, writer Nick Earls, RAAF pilot Samantha Freebairn, and Inspector Corey Allen. 

On Monday and Tuesday, we were able to select the sessions we wished to attend, be it medicine, engineering, maths or the arts. These sessions gave us the opportunity to gain valuable insight into these various career paths. We both went on a block tour of the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital in Herston, where we learnt about the Doctorate of Medicine and participated in an interactive session about pathology, which was relatively gross but also incredibly interesting. In the afternoons, the mentors organised many, many different Sports and the Arts activities, including dodgeball, capture the flag, bubble soccer, photography, and zumba, so that we could experience a taste of the many social clubs UQ has to offer. 

Wednesday was filled with engaging sessions, including a problem-solving activity that allowed us to better understand global issues, like the Syrian refugee crisis, and another activity that challenged our understanding of life in privileged and developing nations around the world. 

To celebrate the final night of camp, the college hosted a formal dinner and dance where everyone dressed up and had a whole lot of fun. Overall, it was quite a tiring camp, however it was a really wonderful opportunity to discover different university courses and become familiar with uni life, making the transition in a year’s time less daunting. Most of all, we were able to form many lasting friendships and it truly inspired us to become the change we want to see in the world.  

By Teresa Poon & Mikaela Clark (Year 11)

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