Studying towards a degree takes time and dedication, but it needn't get in the way of achieving sporting, career or life goals. In fact, CDU student and Aussie kettlebell athlete Saga Wessman doesn't let anything stand in her way! Hear the inspiring story of this mentally and physically tough athlete and student. Saga Wessman is representing Australia at the 2017 Kettlebell Lifting World Championships in South Korea (15-19 November) and studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science online at CDU. Before Saga took off for Seoul, we caught up with her and asked what motivates her along this journey. Here’s what she has to say…
Who is the NT’s Young Achiever of the Year 2017, an ambassador for the Office of Indigenous Student Support, a volunteer with the Bilata Indigenous Pathways Program, a member of the Winkiku Rrumbangi Indigenous Lawyers Association, a Treasurer of the NT AIDS and Hepatitis Council and the youngest board member of Danila Dilba Health Service? The answer is simple - Mark Munnich, a man who dropped out of year 10 and didn't finish high school. A few years later, Mark studies Bachelor of Laws, works full time as a legal educator and is cherished for his selfless contribution to the community.
Professor Jenny Davis is the Head of School of Environment. Jenny is a freshwater ecologist who has undertaken projects on freshwater biodiversity and wetland monitoring, management and conservation, in all Australian states and Malaysia (Sarawak). She has a passion for understanding the patterns and processes that characterise Australia’s iconic dryland and tropical rivers and wetlands.
Exercise and Sport Science student, professional athlete and new father, Jacob Schmid, talks about the dedication it takes to succeed across cycling, studying and fatherhood.
Adjusting to the pace of uni study can be difficult, particularly if you’ve taken time out for a gap year, to start your career, or to raise a family. Being disorganised can be a deal-breaker for uni success, but it doesn’t come naturally to all of us. CDU Tertiary Enabling Program graduate and current Education degree student (and former efficiency amateur), Chantal Jennison, recently shared her tips to get – and stay – organised for study.
Andrew Otten and Jason Porplyzia tell us how they balance playing professional AFL for the Adelaide Crows studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science online with CDU.
When Chandu de Silva was on maternity leave caring for her one-month-old son, Riyon, she decided, when the time came, she wanted to return to the workforce as a biomedical engineer.
Student spotlight: Danielle Armstrong - Bachelor of Nursing (2016)
Not sure where to start? Not in the mood? Can’t find the right pen? It’s easy to find a million excuses not to study – but getting it done, or even just getting started, feels much better.
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.
1. How flexible is your life? Are you able to move things around such as work or family commitments to attend lectures and tutorials at set times during the week? Or do you need your studies to flex around you?