In the lead-up to the Sydney Information Session (Wednesday, 7 September) and Melbourne Information Session (Thursday, 8 September), we chat to current #CQUniMEL student, Ashley Van Stigt and #CQUniSYD student, Ayan Awad.
When I was in high school, I was so torn as to my future. I really liked the Creative Arts but also had a passion for Science. There was pressure to know what I was going to “be” in the future. If I could go back in time and give advice to myself in high school, I would say two things:
Firstly- stop stressing about the future! So much pressure is put on knowing what you want to do and having that concrete plan for success. There are always ways and means of attaining your dreams- there is no linear path to get anywhere. You may need to do a bridge here, and go a road there, but it is possible to get where you want to go. And if you don’t know where you want to go, that’s ok too! Try something, if it’s not right, try something else. Find your happiness. There are people out there that have their plan from a young age and everything it seems goes to plan. However, this isn’t always the case and may take a little longer to find.
The second thing I would say would be check out Nursing. I’m proud to now have a better appreciation for this amazing workforce and even more proud to now be joining their ranks. There is no such thing as “just a nurse”. There are so many disciplines and sub-specialties and Australia being as diverse and geographically vast as it is, there are so many exciting opportunities!
My name is Michael Gordon and I am a first year Bachelor of Psychological Science student at CQUniversity.
I began with CQUniversity in 2014 in the Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS) program. I graduated school in 2006 so the STEPS program was a great kick starter to get my mind back into studying. In 2015 I commenced the Bachelor of Medical Science (Nutrition specialisation) offered by CQUniversity. I joined this program because I had the intention of studying dietetics post graduate. During first semester in 2016, this pathway was no longer an option so I started to explore other career interests. Psychology was immediately at the front of my focus as I have always had an interest in human behaviour and the way our minds work. When I think about it now, some of the reasons I pursued the dietetics pathway were actually more applicable to a career in psychology. I applied to CQUniversity for a transfer across to the Bachelor of Psychological Science and was able to commence in second semester 2016.