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

Success is not determined by your past but by your own perseverance. Gabby Hill's story sure sounds like a Hollywood movie script, but we can assure you, it's real life. Gabby didn't have a chance to finish high school: as a disadvantaged youth, she found herself homeless. A few decades later, after having brought up her own children, she fulfilled her dream to pursue a degree in Law. Now she is ready for her graduation day and planning to go even further and do her Honours degree, all that while being an Indigenous mentor and a passionate human rights advocate.

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.

Civil engineering success

Are you thinking of studying engineering, but unsure about what’s involved or nervous about the challenges ahead? The fear of being defeated played as a key motivator for Sky McFarlane in completing her Bachelor of Civil Engineering. With the support and encouragement of her proud family, she recently graduated in Darwin and we had the opportunity to ask her some questions about her engineering study experience.

What do my grades mean?

Your exam results are finally in! You are probably wondering what to do now or what do your grades mean? Here's a quick quide... 

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.

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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:

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. 

Make this Summer your most productive yet

The Summer break is virtually upon us, and the long, hot days of Summer are looming large, and stretching out wonderfully and seemingly endlessly ahead.  This article was originally published on the CDU Bookshop blog.

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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Challenge accepted!

Five uni students talk about tackling their biggest study challenges. 

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.

A subsidy to study: an introduction to HECS‑HELP

Concerned about the cost of studying? Here’s what you need to know about getting a subsidy on your fees and minimising upfront costs.

Video: Advice from a Dad on Studying a Degree

Studying as a parent has its own set of challenges and rewards. If you’re a parent thinking of taking on a degree, check out this short video from one of our students on being a father, husband and casual employee while studying at uni. 

When a profession is your passion: Ajit's story

Accounting has always been a passion for Ajit Shinde. In his early 20s Ajit studied Master of Accounting(Professional Practice) at CDU Darwin Waterfront. Today he works as a senior auditor and helps students overcome barriers during their professional practice placements.

Clever ways to complete your degree sooner

Just because you’re jogging, doesn’t mean you’re not enjoying the journey!

The low down: high school vs uni

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!

Four ways to impress on your professional placement at Deloitte

Find out what makes a professional placement student shine. 

Stop digital burnout in its tracks

Communications technology, such as computers, smartphones and tablets are a necessary part of university student life. It’s our digital footprints on online learning management systems, social media, email and other digital communications platforms that allow us to live two lives: one in person and one online. But, we need to remember that our devices were designed to make studying easier and to enrich our university experience – not to take over our lives. So if you feel exhausted by your emails and stressed out by your Snapchat, it might be time to take a look at your digital consumption habits to make sure you’re not heading for tech burnout.

On track: sport, study and family life

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.

Chantal's organisation hacks for uni

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.