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Should I go straight to uni or take a gap year?

Mind the gap! Or, don’t. So you’re in your last year of high school, wondering what you should do with your life. Maybe you know exactly what area of study you want to pursue and you’re keen to get started, or maybe you know what you’d like to do but aren’t in a rush. Perhaps you have no idea yet and you just want to take some time off. The question is, to gap year or not gap year?

High school vs University

Making the leap from high school to university can be like Harry Potter moving from his cupboard underneath the stairs to the Hogwarts Castle. Going between two completely different worlds!

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!

Learning to live away from home for uni

During her gap year, Tess Riordan worked with children with disabilities in Wodonga, Victoria. She got a real kick out of watching the children grow and learn new skills. Knowing that she wanted to continue being part of this process, Tess enrolled in Charles Darwin University’s Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree.

Zach Davis: a roaring success

Zach Davis has a passion for working with cars. Through CDU’s VET for Secondary Students, Zach was able to start studying a Light Automotive Certificate whilst he was in high school. After graduating last October, he went to the Gold Coast 600 to work with the Red Bull Holden Racing team.

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How I tacked my biggest study challenge

Studying at university can be the incredibly rewarding path to achieving your biggest career and lifestyle goals. But it's not always smooth sailing! If you're worried about how you'll juggle study with work and family, maintaining motivation or even (gulp) failing; you're not alone. Check out some of our students' biggest study challenges and how they're overcoming them.

Too many universities to choose from?

Not sure what university to choose? Feeling like a kid in candy store? Or a hipster in a Melbourne laneway cafe?

Driving success in VET + working with the V8s!

Through CDU’s VET for Secondary Students, Zach was able to start studying a Light Automotive Certificate whilst he was in high school. This is his story about giving 100% and making the most of his opportunities.

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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O-Week chat with Lily Trinh

We caught up with Lily during O-Week to hear her plans and motivations for uni as a high school leaver.