Are you ready for new Skills and Thrills?

CQUniversity’s Student Health Promotion Coordinator Liza Costello is passionate about helping students stay happy, healthy and connected, despite the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this blog post, she shares her latest project for CQUni students, Skills and Thrills, and explains why you should join the free online workshop series. Keep reading to find out more…

Way back in March this year, did anyone else start lockdown with grand plans for the new hobbies they would start? Or the big project they would tackle?

If you’re like me, those plans probably faded fast.

Let’s face it, good intentions are hard to maintain at the best of times – and during a global pandemic, staying focused and motivated is tough.

One of the main reasons we’re struggling, is because we’re on our own.  

Humans are social beings, and ongoing social distancing requirements are making life tough for all of us.

The good news is – we can still get connected!

And helping each other to achieve is a great way to achieve lots of skills – and lots of fun.

Skills and Thrills

Skills and Thrills is a series of FREE online workshop for CQUniversity students.

They’re hosted by students for students – and I’ve curated them to ensure as many CQUni students as possible can make great connections away from study, and just for fun.

Starting from Monday 10 August, Skills and Thrills features 20 beginner-level skills sessions to get you trying new things, in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays over eight weeks, there’s everything from beginner ballet, to wine basics, how to make sushi and home, and even simple guitar chords (can you tell I’m excited for that one?!)

Materials are also provided for some sessions, including watercolours, ingredients for sushi and succulents for gardening.

Most sessions are just one hour, and the full schedule is at the Not So Distant page on the MyCQU Student Portal!

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Celebrating student talent

Skills and Thrills is about recognising talent in the CQU community and giving students the opportunity to share their skills.

The Health and Well-being survey conducted after the national COVID-19 lockdown highlighted students’ interest in developing skills in leadership, technology and creativity.

A key finding was students wanting more connection and interaction while studying at home – and Skills and Thrills meets all those needs! 

The 20 student facilitators were chosen from 200 applications to host Skills and Thrills workshops, and all have plenty of experience in their field.

They’ve also completed online facilitator training with CQU, and can’t wait to meet you, and share their passion for their hobbies, professions and talents!

Liza trying her hand at watercolour – you could join the online class on Saturday 12 September! The first 30 participants to register will be sent a FREE watercolour kit to use in the workshop – register here!

Register now!

Every session is free for this exciting series, but you do have to register – so do it now!

Whether it’s beatboxing, animation, or cupcake decorating, you’ll find something you’ve always wanted to try.

Sure, it’s a virtual gathering, but the people are real – and we think you’ll really love Skills and Thrills.

See you there!

Skills and Thrills workshops are proudly sponsored by Allianz Global Assistance. Visit Not So Distant to explore the full program of free online workshops, happening Monday 10 August to Monday 28 September 2020.

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