From Colombia to Melbourne – my journey, experiences and advice

CQUniversity International - Melbourne

“One of the greatest discoveries a person makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do”.

Henry Ford

A way out of the comfort zone

Living in our home countries, speaking fluently in the local language, knowing where to find our favourite dishes, how the transport works, what to do and what to avoid doing, what´s right and what’s wrong, meeting friends everywhere, knowing where to go to enjoy our favourite hobbies and studying or working in our majors is not a hard deal.

We are, of course, habituated to our daily routine. However, sometimes we need to get to that inflection point that drastically challenges our cosmovision and changes our behaviour.

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The when and where of grades release

Term 3 has officially come to a close, and we are now eagerly awaiting Certification of Grades and the release of overall results. Term 3 2018 Certification of Grades will occur on Friday, 8 March 2019, and as always this will be a busy day for our student systems.

Here’s what happens at Certification of Grades…

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Three reasons why you should apply to be a Student Ambassador

Are you passionate about your student experience? Are you outgoing and enthusiastic? Would you be capable of ‘painting a picture’ and portraying life as a CQUniversity student? If this sounds like you, applications to become a Student Ambassador in 2019 are open now.

Here are our top three reasons why you should apply…

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Podiatry student shares how dyslexia gave her a different spin on life

My name is Madelaine Parker, I was born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand, and this is my personal journey with dyslexia and how I gained university entrance. In my first year of school teachers noticed I was often disengaged and was unable to understand basic classroom content. It became evident, because of this, that I had an underlying learning disability.

By the age of eight, I knew that I was struggling with my school work and this hindered my overall confidence. Within the same year, I was diagnosed with dyslexia. Although accommodations were made, the schooling curriculum was very scheduled, rigid and did not offer much flexibility for my learning needs. This caused a large amount of emotional and mental stress growing up. However, these struggles at school, in combination with my highly competitive and motivated nature, lead me to my fourteen-year figure skating career.

“…teachers told my parents that due to my dyslexia I would be unable to complete high school…”

As high school commenced teachers told my parents that due to my dyslexia I would be unable to complete high school too and obtain university entrance. Shortly after this, my school and home were all destroyed in the Christchurch earthquakes. In order to maintain a sense of normality, my family and I moved to Sydney where I continued my figure skating career and attended The Corresponded School of New Zealand.

Maddie was about to see her Olympic dreams become reality when she sustained a life changing injury.

To the disbelief of my high school teachers I graduated but just missed out on university entrance. This did not concern me as I was preparing to move to Canada in preparation for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. 

During my preparation for the Olympic Games, I sustained an injury to my hip. This resulted in eight operations and total pelvic reconstruction. During this time, I retired from skating, moved back to Sydney and lost my sense of purpose. I completed my Certificate III and IV in Fitness, however, I wanted more for myself.

It was through my own research and sporting career that I decided to study podiatry. I reached out to my sports podiatrist, Trent Salkavich, who informed me that CQUniversity had started a Podiatry program.  

I was informed that the University offered a pathways program called STEPS. STEPS is a completely government-funded program that transformed my life and I now have a new direction and sense of purpose.

Completing STEPS and my first year in my degree with CQUniversity was without a doubt one of my biggest achievements to date. I feel the lecturers, and all other management involved, want me to succeed and achieve my goals. I feel they are all rooting for me. In the future, I would love to work in paediatric podiatrist care or with elite level athletes.

I am an example of making the impossible possible and through dedication, planning and utilizing the university’s support systems I am making my dreams a reality. I could not speak more highly of the STEPS course and the opportunities it has opened up for me. I don’t know where I would be without it.

Regional Australia or City? Where Should I Choose to Study at CQUniversity.

CQUniversity Rockhampton

Great news, you’ve decided to study abroad at CQUniversity, one of the largest universities that has locations all around Australia, and take up a new opportunity, adventure and education.

Now the hard part – where to study? CQUniversity (Central Queensland University) has 16 campuses scattered around Australia, we offer the largest physical presence of any tertiary education institution in Australia with a wide range of program and course offerings.

You can choose between the relaxed pace of a regional location, such as Cairns, Noosa or Bundaberg; or perhaps you’re after the bustling city life of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth. The choice is now yours.

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Why you should study in Perth, Australia

CQUniversity Perth

There are many reasons why Perth is a popular destination choice. There’s the mild weather, pristine coastline (19 white-sand beaches!), award-winning food and wineries, culture and arts, outback adventures, free CBD WiFi and hop-on-hop-off buses that take you around the main city sites… but one of the greatest perks about Perth is that it shares the same time zone with 60% of the world’s population!

The city of Perth is a quick flight to most Asian cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Delhi, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, making it just that little bit easier to keep in touch with friends and family.

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Why volunteering is amazing

Volunteering is defined as ‘time is willingly given for the common good and without financial gain’ (Volunteering Australia, 2015). You as a student might be wondering what benefits there are in volunteering. Well, you are at a right place to get an answer to that question!

For students, there are so many benefits as a volunteer.

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What you need to know about the 2018 Careers Fair

Wednesday, 14 March 2018| 10am – 2pm | Level 1, Library Rockhampton North campus

Whether you’re a new student interested in part-time/casual work, or you are coming to the end of your degree or qualification and want to know more about full-time employment opportunities, there will be something for you at the 2018 Careers Fair.

Here’s what you need to know…

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The Dos and Don’ts of Mid-term break: Focus, speaking up and binge-watching

Maintaining your focus – it can be tough when you have new episodes of Grey’s Anatomy calling your name or ‘urgent’ text messages on your phone. I have it on good authority that the deafening silence of a quiet household once the kids have gone back to school is also a high-quality distraction.

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The Who and Why

I am Luke Sondergeld, I am a Diploma of Nursing student and serve on the CQUniversity Student Representative Council, the Student Participation and Retention Committee, and I am a strong advocate of leaving everywhere you go better than when you found it. I am spearheading a Peer Assistance Study program for Students so that they can be assisted with getting through the course of their choice, I believe in supporting and assisting students who request and need the help. Continue reading The Who and Why