Balancing Part-Time and Distance Study with Life: Highlights and Challenges

Knowing what I wanted to study, I graduated high school and jumped straight into full-time study at another university. I was halfway through my first semester, sitting in my car with a uni parking fine in my hand, and I felt like I was having a meltdown. I made the realisation – ‘perhaps I’m not ready for this just yet.’.

I decided that the travel was too far and too expensive, the workload was such a leap from high-school that I doubted my ability to even complete my first assignment and my anxiety disorder hindered my ability to ask for help let alone make friends. So, I took a year off. Being only 18 years old at the time, I had a lot on my plate.

I had to save for a new car after a serious accident, I had to move out of home as my family was moving overseas and interstate and I had to do all this on a mere Subway wage. And yet, that year off was the best decision I had ever made.

Once I felt ready to get back into study still bubbling with my passion to become a teacher, I confided in my aunty who, at the time, was also an education student and a student ambassador for CQUni. She encouraged me to enrol at CQUni and what appealed to me most was the option to do my studies both part-time and distance. Having to maintain such an adult lifestyle at 18 years old and somehow fit study in, this option seemed perfect and quite frankly, the only option for me.

Part-time has given me the flexibility to work 30-40 hours a week and distance has allowed me the luxury of designing my own study timetable. For many, this may seem daunting having to monitor your own learning and motivate yourself to actually do the work but the online support is remarkable! I have had tutors consistently email and personally call to ensure I am managing the work okay and if they can assist in any way.

My study path now feels so much more personal and caters to my learning style and needs much more than if I were to attend a campus on a strict study schedule. I can proudly say that I am maintaining a 6.33 GPA (and rising), producing outstanding marks in all my units and been offered amazing opportunities, nominated for and won CQUni awards, invited into the Golden Key Honour Society and commended on my overall academic achievements from the dean on numerous occasions.

From this, I can confidently deduce that creating my own study path with CQUni through part-time and distance study was the best decision I could have made for myself. Rather than following the mainstream approach to tertiary study, I am now succeeding the same, if not better, than a full-time campus student – I highly recommend!

If CQUni’s flexible course options sound like they will fit your needs, contact us or send us a message on Facebook and our support team will help you take the next step.

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