WHEN Jack Willans chose his university he adopted a blue sky thinking approach.
He also thought out of the box, out of his town, out of his county and even out of his country.
For 18-year-old Jack wanted to do a degree in marine biology, but was keen to get underwater somewhere he could actually see the aquatic wildlife.
So he trawled the internet and found the perfect course . . . at the Pacific University in Hawaii.
The Honolulu-based university offered everything – blue skies and deep blue water with around a third of the course practical field trips in the sea.
The marine biology department even has its own exploration vessel.
Jack, of Scapegoat Hill, said: “There are universities that offer marine biology in the UK – but many of them are inland or are ports.
“When I went looking on the internet I was amazed to come across the Hawaii Pacific University, so I applied and I’ve been lucky enough to be accepted.
“I wanted to go out in the world and explore it. Now I can’t wait to start.’’
He will be jetting out on August 22 to join 9,000 students from 100 countries worldwide at the university.
The four-year course is split into two 15-week terms a year so Jack aims to fly home every Christmas and summer.
And Jack already knows what he wants to do when he graduates.
“I really want to work with sharks,’’ he said. “I came face-to-face with one on holiday in the Bahamas.’’
Jack, a former pupil at Scapegoat Hill Junior and Infants School and ex-head boy at Huddersfield Grammar School, has just completed A-levels in Spanish, chemistry and biology at Greenhead College, Huddersfield.
He has played rugby union at Huddersfield YMCA for the last 10 years and is also a keen swimmer, skier and scuba diver.
Jack is the son of Stephen and Susan Willans and has a 16-year-old brother, Josh.