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The do’s and don’ts of your first year at uni

If you’re starting university soon, you’re probably feeling excited and maybe a little apprehensive or even a bit intimidated. Try not to worry! Your uni years can be some of the best of your life – you’ll be learning new things, kick-starting your career, making new friends and enjoying newfound freedoms after high school. Start off on the right foot with these top tips for making the most of your first year.

Are your excuses stopping you from achieving your uni dream?

Let’s face it - we’re all guilty of making excuses from time to time, which ultimately stop us from achieving success. The reality is though, only we have the ability to make the positive change to be who we want to be and to stop letting excuses stand in our way of a better education, future and lifestyle. Here are some of the biggest barriers people can let hold them back from studying at uni:

Sustainability, socialising and studying abroad: Shannon’s story

As an NT local, Shannon always had her sights set on CDU for when she finished Year 12. She’s now in her fourth year of studying a Bachelor of Engineering/Master of Engineering (Civil & structural) at the Casuarina campus in Darwin and plans to graduate in 2019.  Shannon will be graduating with great memories from her time at uni: she’s travelled to Indonesia on a humanitarian research trip; made new friends; started one of CDU’s most active social clubs; been an Engineers Australia Student Ambassador for CDU; won three awards (so far) for outstanding achievement and commitment; and received a few scholarships, proving that hard work does pay off!

Zarah shows us it's never too late to become a lawyer

After moving to Australia, trying her hand at a range of jobs and starting a family, Zarah Tenorio's dream of becoming a lawyer is finally becoming a reality. She's just started her Bachelor of Laws and is already kicking goals. Just recently, she received an Outstanding Academic Achievement Award. Read on to see how she's navigating life as a law student and working mum. 

Balancing study and a great social life

Muriel Scholz moved from Katherine to begin studying a  Bachelor of Science at CDU and has chosen to live on campus at  International House Darwin (IHD). She loves to socialise with the domestic and international CDU students who also reside at IHD  and shares her experience about making life-long friends at uni, and tips about how to balance study and social life with us. I was born and raised in Katherine, just down the road. Darwin and CDU seemed like a good place to start off, being so close to home and something I was comfortable and familiar with. Initially, I discovered IHD by staying here briefly on a high school excursion but rediscovered it myself through researching accommodation options once I'd decided to move to Darwin. 

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Burpees for mental health awareness: Bridie’s story

Burpee master, 2017 Northern Territory Young Australian of the Year and CDU Alumni, Bridie Duggan, is on a mission to raise awareness about mental illness prevention, and to spread the word about the positive impacts physical activity can have on mental health. She candidly shared with us how a personal tragedy inspired her to set Australia on the path to mental health wellbeing, all while gaining incredible success along the way.   

Snooze your way to study success

For some strange reason, we wear the ability to function on limited sleep as a badge of honour. This can be particularly true for uni students, who can tend to burn the midnight oil to smash out assessment items and use caffeine as a prop to make it through the next day. But why? We know that poor sleep is linked to poor health, both physical and mental. We here at CDU are firm advocates of a good night’s sleep, because it supports great study habits and uni experiences. Read on to find out more about how to get a decent night’s shut eye.

Back in the saddle to further my career

Emma Host is a Darwin local who left high school 20 years ago. She’s had a successful corporate career but some roadblocks on her way to the top of the ladder challenged her to take a new path. Emma is currently completing a Bachelor of Accounting full time at the CDU Darwin Waterfront campus with the goal of furthering her career. It was an obvious choice for Emma to stay in Darwin to pursue her degree. She explains to us why she is determined to enjoy what she considers the time of her life studying at CDU.   

Explore our 2018 courses

Looking to start study this year? Explore our courses on offer from health, business, education, science, arts and more.

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Five reasons why you should eat less sugar

We asked Angela Sheedy, CDU lecturer in Health Sciences to give us the low-down on sugar; how it's hurting us and why we should reduce our sugar intake, not just for weight loss.

The online student’s guide to the library

So, you’ve made the decision to study your degree online, but you’re a bit confused about how to access library resources as a distance learner. After all, how can you borrow a book when you can’t visit the library? Or where can you access library resources, like journal articles, so you can complete your assignments? Don’t worry; we’ve got all the answers!

Meet CDU's Indigenous female Trailblazers

As part of CDU's NAIDOC Week program, we celebrate the achievements of the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have made a substantial contribution to, and impact on, this University.  From its very foundations, Indigenous women have contributed to making this University what it is today – they have inspired, driven change and shown pathways for staff and students, and we proudly acknowledge them all.   Read the inspiring stories of eight amazing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who walked ahead, but always together, through the history and future of CDU.

I'm the first in my family to go to uni

Beth Cooper is a proud Wiradjuri woman from Canberra; passionate about Australian history, design, communication and solving community development issues. Last year, she moved to Darwin to pursue her life goals; kick-starting her study dreams with CDU's free Tertiary Enabling program. Coming from a line of strong women, Beth is the first person in her family to go to university and is currently pursuing a combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws degree in the hope to become a workers’ rights advocate. We caught up with her to celebrate her first High Distinction grade and to hear about her story.   

Connecting with fellow students online

There are many reasons why it’s important to stay connected with other students during your studies.  Especially when you may also be juggling work and family life, your study community is not only for academic collaboration, but also a critical social support network for this part of your world.  

Top three FAQs from future uni students

Wondering how much you need to fork out to get a degree? Or want to know whether you can do your degree online so you don’t have to put your career on hold while you study? Or maybe you’re stumped on the eligibility requirements for your dream course. Finding out all the answers to your questions about studying at university can seem a little daunting, but don’t let that stand in the way of achieving your goals. Check out the answers to the top three questions we’re asked by prospective students, like you, below.

Studying? Your career starts now

A university degree sounds like a great way to advance your career, whether you’re keen to start out in a new field or are looking to nail that awesome promotion, right? Right! But you should only worry about making yourself more appealing to your future employer after you’ve finished your degree, right? Wrong! We recently chatted with Liz Hendry from CDU’s Careers and Employment team, and her key piece of advice was that you should start making moves to maximise your employability while you study. So how do you do that? We share Liz’s tips below.

Growing gratitude

Gratitude – the appreciation of the good things that happen in life - is an essential part of building resilience. When you’re going through a tough time it can be hard to remember to be grateful for the good stuff, but there’s a stack of benefits that can be gained from working gratitude into your everyday life.

Study to success with Summer Semester

If studying isn't the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear “Summer”, perhaps you haven’t heard about Summer Semester and how it can enrich the long, hot days of summertime, the year ahead and beyond. 

Doing the maths: does a degree add up financially?

It’s no secret that a university degree is a considerable investment. Aside from the course cost, your income could also take a hit if you need to cut down on your working hours.

FAQ: Grade release and results

Your exam results are about to be released and you probably can't wait to find out if you've nailed them. After all, you’ve dedicated yourself to your studies all semester, so it’s exciting to find out how your hard work has paid off! We've compiled a short list of frequently asked questions for you about CDU's grading system and results release, so you can understand process around receiving and understanding your grades.