From Europe to Melbourne — Making Dreams Come True

Sara Manka, CQUniversity Melbourne

Hello, my name is Sara Manka. I grew up in a small family with lots of laughs and love in a small village in Albania. My mum always motivated me to study abroad and experience life in another country, and I always dreamed of living in a big and busy city.

I was about to finish my high school studies when one of my relatives offered to help me come and study in Australia. I always dreamed of becoming an accountant because I really enjoyed maths and I was interested in economics.

Yes, dreams do come true! Soon I found myself in Melbourne studying an Advanced Diploma in Accounting. Continue reading From Europe to Melbourne — Making Dreams Come True

Three reasons why you should complete the SES

CQUniversity is again participating in the national Student Experience Survey (SES). If you’re currently studying, check your student email account to see if you’ve been selected as part of the sample.

We strongly encourage students to participate in this voluntary survey.

Here’s why…

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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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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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A day in life of an International Student from Brazil in Sydney

Sydney CQUniversity campus

Studying a University course can take a long time to complete, so it is important that you do not need to keep your whole living in Australia only for studies, it is possible to have a lot of fun in one of the best countries in the world!

As a student from Brazil who has just completed studying the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration at CQUniversity Sydney campus, I will show you a typical day of my life, it will be during the semester and a weekday.

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A week at CQUniversity Rockhampton

Mesmerised is the word that describes my reaction when I first arrived at CQUniversity Rockhampton — the main campus of the University.

I went there to take part in the Chancellor’s Cup, an annual sports tournament. Teams from different campuses competed in sports like cricket, touch football and basketball.  Continue reading A week at CQUniversity Rockhampton

Outbound exchange program in Osaka, Japan – The End

The sad part of an outbound exchange program is that the program itself is for a short term. We get to meet lot of people and make new friends or rather I should say friends for a lifetime and then leave to our own ways. The first week was slow but the remaining weeks went like a flash. Continue reading Outbound exchange program in Osaka, Japan – The End

Outbound exchange program in Osaka, Japan – Part Three

During the last three weeks, we all had the opportunity to go on several excursions to other cities and areas. These day trips have given me the opportunity to know more about Osaka’s culture, food and people. The first trip was at Nara’s Todai-ji temple which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue reading Outbound exchange program in Osaka, Japan – Part Three

Outbound exchange program in Osaka, Japan – Part Two

I always knew Japanese food is among the top healthiest cuisines in the world. I got this perception by reading books and watching documentaries until I had the real experience in Osaka. Continue reading Outbound exchange program in Osaka, Japan – Part Two

Outbound exchange program in Osaka, Japan – Part one

My excitement about going to Japan turned into anxiousness when I heard that I was the only international student who got the opportunity to go on this lifetime study abroad adventure with 14 domestic students.

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