Embarking on the next adventure

From studying politics in Sydney, to studying signs of life in the depths of the Antarctic Ocean, Yass school graduates will be spreading themselves around the globe over the next few years.

Fergus McGrath, Ella Clausius and Sarah Glover are set to follow separate paths at separate universities, but they each have one goal in mind: to find their dream job.

Yass High School graduate Fergus McGrath will take a gap year in 2013 and hopes to work at the Yass Veterinary Hospital on Laidlaw Street. In 2014, he will study animal science at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga.

He said for as long as he can remember, he has had a fascination with animals. He said that working at the vet hospital had, so far, been an extremely rewarding experience.

“Seeing animals come in sick, then doing your best working on them, and then seeing them walk out good as new, it’s a really good feeling.”

He has a particular interest in exotic, endangered species and he said his dream job would simply be “being David Attenborough”. However, the former Yass High School captain is realistic.

“I’d love just to go overseas, maybe South America or Africa, and work with exotic animals, that would be perfect.”

If Fergus performs well in his first year at Charles Sturt, he has the option of moving to veterinary science, and studying for another six years.

“That would be ideal but if it doesn’t work out a lot can come from sticking with animal sciences.”

The frozen continent of Antarctica has enticed another local, who graduated from Daramalan College in Canberra.

Ella Clausius has decided to study a Bachelor of Antarctic Science at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, after she saw a flyer in her career adviser’s office.

“I saw it and I spontaneously applied.

“Then I was able to get in off my ATAR result,” she told the Tribune.

Even though she doesn’t like the cold too much, the unexplored nature of the frozen continent was difficult to resist.

“I just think there’s so much that is undiscovered there. I’ve always been into biology and earth sciences and I also want to learn about the fish in the deep oceans that they have there.”

Hobart is also unexplored territory for Ella but on February 15 she will pack her things and move there.

Binalong local Sarah Glover is not as sure where she wants to end up, but she’s looking forward to the journey.

Like Fergus, she will take a gap year in 2013 and work at local cafe, Thyme to Taste, in the first half of the year. In June she will jet to Kenya and participate in an Antipodeans Abroad program. She is volunteering for three months with building and conservation and, in doing so, will help school students.

Sarah graduated from Loreto Normanhurst College in Sydney last year and, because she likes living in Sydney, she sees no point in changing what has been a good thing for her so plans to study at a university in the city in 2014.

“I like it in Sydney and I have friends there. Hopefully I can get on college there as well.”

Sarah has broad hopes to branch into politics during her studies.

The Tribune wishes these, and other graduates around the region, all the best with their new adventures.

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