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Elizabeth: Balancing work, study and family

Wondering if it’s possible to balance study and family? In the lead up to Mother's Day, Elizabeth Sandow shared with us her hopes and honest experience about being a dynamic mum who works full time while studying a Diploma of Laws online at CDU. 

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.

Mastering the Internet of Things

Alwyn Jose recently graduated with a Master of Information Technology (Software Engineering) at CDU. Last year, he won the IT Code Fair business and innovation challenge with his CDU Smart Parking system, which enables users to find vacant parking spaces via sensors that inform an app, when a driver comes within 2km of their destination. We asked him some questions about his experience as a CDU student. 

Kirstie: A Visual Arts student drawing inspiration from her reality

Dreaming of a career as an artist? See how Kristie Scullen, a Visual Arts graduate of CDU, made it her reality. Read on to find out what motivated her to follow her passion, her influences, and how she grew creatively through her studies, life experience and perception of the world. 

Stephanie’s on a mission to create positive and lasting change

Stephanie hopes to use the knowledge and experiences gained while studying a Bachelor of Humanitarian and Community Studies with CDU to initiate social change. 

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Larissa's Top End adventures: on the trail of a mysterious mammal 

Passionate about ecology and wildlife, Larissa Potter graduated with a Bachelor of Science with first class Honours, from CDU in October 2017. She was nominated by her lecturers as a Valedictorian for her outstanding academic record. Here's her full graduation speech, where she recounts what sparked her move to Darwin from Sydney, and where she shares her experiences doing field work on the Tiwi Islands while searching for the elusive, tiny mammal called Butler’s Dunnart.  

New country, new friends: William’s overseas study experience

William Janssen, an aspiring science teacher, has just completed the final unit in his Bachelor of Education Graduate Entry with CDU. Last July, William went to Germany as part of CDU’s Global Mobility program. He spent four weeks at the Philipps-Universität of Marburg, in their Summer University Program.  Hear how newfound friendships made his experience unforgettable. 

Never give up, never give in: Gabby's inspirational story

Success is not determined by your past but by your own perseverance. Gabby's story sounds like a Hollywood movie script, but we can assure you, it's real life. She didn't finish high school and as a disadvantaged youth, she found herself homeless. Decades later, after raising her own children, she's fulfilling her dream to study a Law degree and fight for youth, Indigenous and human rights.

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How Mel stayed motivated through her IT degree

After completing Year 12, Mel Green took a few gap years and worked full-time before deciding on which university and course was right for her. After researching her options, she chose to study a Bachelor of Information Technology with CDU. Studying online from both South Australia and New South Wales, Mel has now completed her IT degree and is looking forward to attending her graduation Darwin in 2018!  We asked Mel who recently completed her IT studies about her experiences, goals, challenges and achievements.

A kettlebell champion not weighed down by her studies

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 represented 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…

An education pioneer in the digital era: Chengxi's story

Chengxi Li had become disillusioned with her studies. The international student was halfway through a Master of Professional Accounting when she realised that she’d made a mistake. She has since refound her passion for learning and become the first full-time student to enrol in an innovative new degree, Master of Digital Learning Futures. Here is Chengxi's story:

Why I changed course to become a midwife

Ishita Singhal originally studied Information Technology before deciding to pursue a career she was truly passionate about. In October 2017, she graduated with a Bachelor of Midwifery from CDU and couldn’t be happier with her decision. We asked Ishita about what motivated her to follow her study goals, as well as her experiences as a CDU student and the challenges she faced along the way to become a midwife.

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We loved seeing the support given to our October Graduates by friends and family. It gave us a glimpse of the positive impact our students have on their community.  

Turning a hobby into a degree:  Mitchell’s story

Like so many others, Mitchell Beagley didn’t know what he wanted to do when he finished Year 12. Luckily, he discovered a traineeship in a field he’s passionate about and has since completed a Cert II and III in Aquaculture, and is currently studying a Bachelor of Environmental Science with CDU – all while juggling full-time work and parenting duties. We asked him some questions about what motivates him to kick his life goals, as well as his experiences as a CDU student and the challenges he’s faced along the way.

Katie's studies abroad: Applying learnings from a Fijian adventure

Taking your studies outside the classroom can enrich your knowledge with real-world insights and understanding. And taking yourself even further out of your everyday - say, to live and study overseas for a semester - can bestow benefits such as learning another language, experiencing another culture, meeting new people, personal growth and having a great adventure. If you share Katie’s hunger for adventure, learning new things and exploring different cultural perspectives, but you’re not sure how to take the next step to pursue your passion; read on to discover how you can experience life and study in a different country.

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.

I want to change the world: Taking a new global perspective home

Ready to turn your passion for positive change, humanitarianism and helping others into a rewarding career? Hear how one CDU student is getting hands-on experience in the field at this year’s Engineers Without Borders Design Summit in India.

Decisions… decisions… Choosing the right course for you

Six real uni students on why they chose their courses, what attracted them to CDU and how they found the jump from high school to uni life.

Forging your career path through study: Talal's experience

When you’re mapping a path to achieve your career goals, you’ll likely be looking at a university and a degree that can help you land a full-time job pretty quickly after graduation. But what if you could accelerate things a bit? Talal Sabri chose to study Master of Accounting (Professional Practice) at CDU because of the program’s work-experience component. Thanks to his determination, Talal was offered a full-time position even before his graduation.