Discover how to get engaged

Take it from me, I know how hard it is at different stages of study and life to keep on top of everything while trying to be an engaged student.

I’ve been that fresh out of high school full-time student, I’ve studied part-time while holding down a full-time job, and I’ve also been that mature-aged student completing part-time uni online, while working part-time AND juggling two kids under the age of three!

Yes, I’ve been all those different ‘types’ of student – and although it was harder at different stages to be an engaged student, it is still really tough at any stage to, ONE – know where to go to find the information I’m looking for, TWO – find out in advance what’s going on to be able to connect with my fellow students at various campus events and online activities, and THREE –  being able to easily access this information on any device without getting a repetitive strain injury from all the clicking and scrolling!

I know what you’re thinking…what does this dribble have to do with anything! Well let me tell you!

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Ending human trafficking down to every human

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CQUniversity Laws student Stephanie Jones has spent the past four years working on the frontline of human trafficking prevention, with global anti-slavery organisation A21 in Bangkok, Thailand.

To mark World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on Thursday 30 July, Stephanie shares her experience, and calls on all students to take action against exploitation around the world.

Imagine only being three years old, and trafficked to a neighbouring country in southeast Asia because your family are too poor to keep you.

Once there, you are sold again.

Over the course of five years, you are forced to spend days and nights on the streets just outside the casino, begging for money as part of a child trafficking ring.

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From Global Pride to Local Support – Dr Gemma Mann

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This Saturday 27 June 2020 is Global Pride – giving the whole world a chance to join together to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and people with other diverse genders and sexualities (LGBTI+). This also gives us a chance to reflect on the support offered at CQUniversity.

Dr Gemma Mann (pictured above) coordinates the CQUniversity Ally Program, and shares her journey, and how CQU is supporting the community.

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Advance Queensland Indigenous Pathways VET Scholarship Program scholar’s give thanks

After being awarded an Advance Queensland Indigenous Pathways VET Scholarship in Term 1 2020, we hear from Tayla, John, Maree, Siobahn and Rebecca on the impact their scholarship is having on their education, plans for the future and pass on their thanks and gratitude to their generous scholarship donor, Advance Queensland and the Department of Innovation, Queensland Government. With Term 2 scholarships now open (many closing 12 June), all scholars share some great advice for other students thinking about applying.

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Build a travel adventure around your backyard

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Dr Elena Konovalov is a tourism expert with CQUniversity’s Centre for Regional Tourism and Opportunities. Her research interests include sustainable tourism, community wellbeing, and digital innovation in the sector.

Need a holiday? I know the feeling.

This year was supposed to be my big year of international travel. Before 2020 had even started, I had three exciting overseas trips booked, all my annual leave used, and I was happily researching and planning what to see and do when I got there.

And then, coronavirus. Of course there are many many worse impact of global pandemic, and I’m counting myself lucky in so many ways. But with the first two of my trips (to Japan with my best friend, then Istanbul and Barcelona with my mum) definitely not happening, and the third one (to Hawaii in November) under a big question mark, my calendar and passport suddenly look very empty.

Luckily, travel is my expertise as well as my passion. My research with CQUni focuses on tourism, how and why we do it, and all the ways it impacts our communities. And across Australia, communities that rely on tourism have never needed us more.

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What I find comfort in during the current social distancing

It’s important to look after yourself and make sure to look out for your mates. We asked CQUni graduates how they are finding comfort during this ‘new normal’. CQUni offer a number of support services to assist in study and developing healthy coping strategies during this time.

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My experience staying connected with family and friends

Luke Sondergeld has embraced his role in the health industry since his graduation from the Diploma of Enrolled Nursing in 2017. Luke was a dedicated nursing student at the Rockhampton Campus, as a member of the Student Representative Council and the Student Participation and Retention Committee.

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Working from home – advice from an expert

Michelle Monaghan graduated from CQUniversity in 2014 with a Graduate Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety. As a Safety and Training Consultant, Michelle has regularly worked from home for the last 10 years. She gives us her advice to stay motivated and productive while transitioning to working from home.

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New Arrow Energy Go Further Indigenous scholar’s express gratitude for positive impact on their studies.

After being awarded an Arrow Energy Go Further Indigenous Scholarship in Term 1 2020, scholars Sara and Leah share the positive impact their scholarship is having on their education, plans for the future and pass on their thanks and gratitude to their generous scholarship donor, Arrow Energy.

SARA IDE – Bachelor of Business, Online

My name is Sara Ide and I am 24 years old. I am currently studying Bachelor of Business at CQUniversity Australia. I am majoring in Management and minoring in Human Resources. I am a proud Kooma woman, grew up in Brisbane and currently living in Mackay.

The Arrow Energy Go Further Indigenous Scholarship has helped me with being able to purchase things I would not have been able to purchase before because of my financial situation. I am buying a new laptop with a better processor as my computer now is a budget computer and researching is very hard as it freezes a lot. I am also getting a study area set up by buying a desk chair so I can study more comfortably and a printer to print unit outlines and documents needed to highlight information. It also helps me be able to purchase textbooks when needed as that was a big worry every time a textbook is needed to be purchased as I usually just read them online.

 “I am incredibly grateful for this scholarship and I cannot be happier. I have been very unlucky in my financial situation and being unemployed has been hard, so this has helped me out tremendously. Thank you again.”

LEAH MUNNS – Bachelor of Psychological Science, Online

I am grateful for being one of the recipients of the Arrow Energy Go Further Indigenous Tertiary Scholarship for 2020.  It is my intention to use this scholarship to complete the required study on my way to becoming a registered Psychologist.  I hope to be able to use these funds to cover my ongoing study, into a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) and Master of Professional Psychology in the coming two years.

This scholarship has allowed me to purchase essential equipment to enable me to complete my degree in 2020, such as a laptop and accessories, printer and the purchase of textbooks.  The scholarship will also cover any additional out of pocket expenses that were anticipated, such as a residential school in Brisbane.  Unfortunately, due to the current global health crisis this event was transferred to online.

As a mature age student, who hadn’t undertaken any formal study, to better prepare myself and to become familiar with university practices, I undertook the Tertiary Entry Program (TEP).  I completed this program in Term 1, 2016.  I commenced studying part-time in Term 3, 2016, whilst still working full time with Services Australia, formerly Department of Human Services, working towards a Bachelor of Psychological Science degree.  I have been fortunate to be awarded one of two National Indigenous Scholarships through Services Australia, which is allowing me to complete my final year of degree as a full-time student.  I have been employed with Services Australia and its previous configurations for 31 years and during this period, I have witnessed how intergenerational welfare dependency has increased.  I hope to be able to work with families and individuals to address this ongoing issue.

“It is amazing that Arrow Energy wish to invest in the education, employment and future of Indigenous higher education students and again I am grateful to be a recipient of this scholarship.”

The CQUniCares Scholarship program changes lives and CQUni is grateful to partner with organisations like Arrow Energy who share the University’s passion for making a difference in the lives of our students, their families and our communities.

With applications now open for Term 2 scholarships, CQUni students are encouraged to discover the many generous donor, Government and CQUniversity-funded scholarships on offer at www.cqu.edu.au/scholarships.

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