I have to add that ‘well being’ is so important in my progress towards the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours). As a mature age student, I was unaware that I would be an eligible candidate for an Equity Scholarship*. My decision to continue with further study came as the realisation that I wanted to work with people, teams and groups in the community. Having already committed to lifelong learning, this was the next step.
As a distance student, I am able to organise my life around my study and still be there for family and activities that were already part of my life prior to entering CQUniversity Bundaberg. CQUniversity Bundaberg has so much to offer and just visiting the Library or the picturesque grounds, the cafe and other areas of the campus is always a real pleasure.
Initially, I did not apply for an Equity Scholarship, as I didn’t believe that I would be eligible. The realisation that travelling to and from residential schools and a conversation with my first-year Student Mentor prompted me to look into this initiative further. The next round of Equity Scholarships opened and I submitted an application.
My application was successful, giving me the opportunity to have up-to-date textbooks and financial assistance with compulsory residential schools and work placement. Following the completion of Term 1, I looked to other new students and wondered how they too would get to know University life. I decided to become a Student Mentor and be there for others, whilst also making sure I was giving back to the CQUniversity community.
The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) includes a number of compulsory residential schools and placement opportunities. At a glance, it seems unreasonable to travel from home and stay in other places for study, however these opportunities prove vital for budding Social Workers. It provides an opportunity to for students to enhance their potential and network with other Students, Unit Coordinators and Lecturers.
As a Student Mentor, I make certain that my “Mentees” (first term students) are aware the numerous scholarships offered by CQUniversity. During Open Days season, I also volunteered to engage with new students and their families, providing an opportunity to discuss financial assistance and their course of interest.
For me this has been an adventure into University and I am very much looking forward to my final year of study and working within the local community following graduation. During my studies, I have networked within my local community and members of the Australian Association of Social Workers. I strongly encourage others to know their community and to volunteer where they can. By doing so, you will gain an understanding of the organisations you may work with and give back to your local communities.
*Applications for CQUniversity’s 2017 Equity Scholarships are currently open. For more information, including eligibility requirements and upcoming closing dates, visit cqu.edu.au/scholarships.