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Studying in Australia – Summer Holidays

After a long term of academic readings, essays and exams, for many of us the time to relax and chill is here. Summer holidays in Australia come with heaps of opportunities to enjoy time with our mates, discover new places and embark on new adventures.

I’m studying in Melbourne, so here are my tips for making the most of summer holidays in this beautiful region…

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Your New Student Initiation

With all the confusion and excitement of new student life, we bet you haven’t even had the chance to figure out what you’re supposed to be doing, let alone how you go about achieving it. Don’t worry, we’ve got you!

Welcome to your new student initiation – your checklist for the must-dos and must-sees to make you the very best CQUni student you can be.

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Unit evaluations with a difference

The future is you! You’re encouraged to complete the Term 2 Student Unit and Teacher Evaluations (SUTE) – previously known as unit evaluations – to help shape future decisions at CQUniversity.

To complete the survey, look for the red button in your online Moodle unit.

It’s a busy time, but submitting an evaluation is worth it. Here’s why…

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The best decision of my uni life: Signing up to play sport

I remember the first time I ever set foot onto a CQUniversity campus. It was O’Week 2017, and I was arriving at the Mackay City campus with a hundred or so fresh-faced school leavers and a handful of mature students for the very first time, and I was as nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs. I didn’t know anyone, and I was scared out of my wits, but I was determined that just because it was hard and it really pushed me out of my comfort zone, there was no reason not to give myself this opportunity.

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Ditch the Disposables: Say No to Single-use Plastic

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Plastic – it’s strong, it’s durable, it’s versatile. Impressive, right? Unfortunately, the majority of plastics are only used once before entering our waterways.

Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing global environmental issues. According to National Geographic, the production of plastic has increased exponentially, from 2.3 million tonnes in 1950 to 448 million tonnes by 2015, and is expected to double by 2050.

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) states that on average, Australians use 130kg of plastic per person, each year, and only 12 per cent of this is recyclable. Furthermore, plastic pollution contributes to the deaths of more than 100, 000 marine mammals every year, and 80 per cent of this is estimated to come from land-based sources.

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Studying in Australia – Achieving career aspirations

As international students deciding to come to Australia, our decision to study here is often made based on the pursuit of our career aspirations. When we arrive, we need to develop our language skills, and understand the environment and cultural trends to get a job and gather enough financial resources to afford our daily and study-related expenses. How can we achieve our career aspirations while we are doing all this? By identifying our personal strengths and weaknesses, defining our life goals and career purpose, targeting the roles we want to perform, identifying the skills we need to develop, volunteering and leadership involvement. These are all great strategies to help us work towards our desired careers.

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From China to Rockhampton — a unique learning experience and internship opportunity

My name is Kaixiang Zhu and I come from Guangzhou, China. I am currently studying a Master of Information Technology at the Rockhampton campus.

Before I came to Australia, I was told this is a country extremely close to nature. “Animals there are much bigger in size than any other place in the world, such as spiders, ants, crabs, lizards, etc.”

With anxiety, I flew to Rockhampton (Rocky) in Central Queensland, which was the first place I arrived in Australia, and thus my first impression of every aspect I gained of Australia is based on Rocky.

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Enhance your employability and skills at the 2019 Student Leadership Conference

Do you ever wonder how on earth you’re supposed to find employment in your future field when the job market is insanely competitive? I often stress endlessly over all of the qualities and skills I am yet to develop. Is my resume good enough? Do I have enough experience? Will I embarrass myself in the interview? These questions can set you up to fail before you’re even qualified enough to apply for the job!

In an effort to ease these daunting thoughts, I’m always on the hunt for opportunities that can put me one step ahead of the rest. Conferences, forums, leadership positions and programs, the list goes on and on. The upcoming 3-day Student Leadership Conference at Rockhampton North campus is another incredible opportunity to develop employability and skills.

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Need help finding information for your assignment?

Assessments looming? On the hunt for the right information? At CQUni Library we understand that the weeks leading up to the end of term can be stressful and confusing. That’s why we’re here to share some great library hacks to get you on the road to your best results.

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A scholarship made all the difference

A CQUniCares Appeal Scholarship helped Bachelor of Physiotherapy graduate Casey Pomeroy complete required placement while studying, and enabled her to provide physiotherapy to disadvantaged children living with disability.

As part of her physiotherapy degree, Casey was required to complete 25 weeks of clinical placement. Clinical placements – often unpaid – are common requirements for students to undertake as part of their course, particularly in health-related fields.

Scholarship support can make a huge difference in these times, giving students the help they need to juggle study, work and clinical placements.

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