ATAR and me: A new relationship

By Chilli Crawford, a Rockhampton-based 2020 Year 12 student

As a Queensland student moving into Year 12 in 2020 – staring down the barrel of my QCE (Queensland Certificate of Education – the HSC and VCE equivalent), finishing school and applying for university – the ATAR system came as a very daunting surprise. When my fellow Year 11 cohort and I were told of the complete renovation of the old OP system and that we were the pioneers (or rather guinea pigs) for the new ATAR system, we were all extremely hesitant. Although the ATAR system made the grading scales much fairer between public and private schools, the influx of self-learning and teaching immediately displeased us as we felt as if we were already stressed and overworked as it was. However, in hindsight, the issues and complaints we expressed simply sprouted from a fear of change. As throughout my current and ongoing experience with ATAR, I have found that whilst there is now a significant amount of self-management placed on me, the system and marking criteria is ultimately quite beneficial.

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Work and study in 2020

International students working rights

Are you looking for casual work in 2020? The CQUniversity Inclusion & Accessibility Service is in the process of updating its register of Participation Assistants.

If you are a motivated person with sound academic achievement and willing to dedicate 1 – 3 hours per week, when required, to assist a fellow student, please apply.

Keep reading to find out how to apply.

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Three reasons you should become a Student Mentor

Have you completed your first year of study and want to help new students transition into uni life? Become a Student Mentor for Term 1 2020!

Student Mentors provide general support, sharing experiences and directing new students to the correct point of contact when needed.

There are so many great reasons to volunteer as a Student Mentor. Here are our top three…

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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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From Philippines to Melbourne — CPA Ambassador Opportunity and Endless Possibilities

Updated November 2019.

Application status Student (subclass 500): Granted. Congratulations! This must be one of the happiest emails that I have received from the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs. Welcome to the land down under where I would be studying a Master of Professional Accounting at CQUniversity. Exciting, isn’t it?

I would come to face a new environment, live independently, meet new people from diverse cultures, advance my career through study and a lot more. But, what does it really feel like when you leave home to experience all these things that await you?

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From Nepal to Sydney – how CQUniversity became my second home

CQUniversity Sydney Krisha Sen

Hello, my name is Krishna Sen, I am from a small town in Nepal called Chitwan and am currently studying a Master of Human Resource Management at CQUni Sydney campus.

I left home at the age of 15 for Pune, India after schooling for my higher study. I graduated from one of the renowned universities of India, Savitribai Phule Pune University and it was tough for me to decide what to do next. I wanted to do a masters degree but was confused from where.

Then I thought of Australia — one of the most popular destinations for international student and not once have I ever regretted my decision.

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Can makeup be more than a beauty treatment?

CQUniversity’s simulation experts have been using the art of moulage to train its nurses and paramedic students to deal with a variety of injuries.

Moulage is the art of using makeup and special effects products to create realistic-looking injuries on simulated patients.

It’s a technique that is helping hundreds of CQUni students learn how to respond to graphic injuries that would otherwise be very difficult to learn about without a real on-the-job experience.

CQUni’s simulated patients are often other students or community volunteers who give us their time to be ‘made up’ and play a character in a set scenario.

Here’s just some of great work produced by our moulage artists.

The when and where of grades release

Certification of Grades refers to the date that final grades or interim results are released to students. On this date, a process occurs during which the final grades or interim results for each HE unit are released for that term.

The Certification of Grades date for each term can be found in the Key Dates calendar of the CQUni Handbook.

Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about Certification of Grades…

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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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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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