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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.

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.

The Art of Resilience

Assessment due dates are looming, work is hectic  and now your kids are all sick with a cold. Sound familiar?  We all hit rough patches where life can seem extra challenging, with failures, mistakes and other stressors beyond your control. This article is about what you can do to build your resilience to get through a tough day/week/month/year, when life doesn’t go quite as planned..

Five top tips on being an eco-friendly student

We know: you’re studying, maybe working, maybe have a family, you socialise and have many, many commitments. Being green probably isn’t high on your priority list. But, it should be! Why? It’s easy to make a few small changes that are good for the environment and good for the wallet. Let’s be honest, anything that saves money while you’re studying is going to be very handy!

How to create a study ritual

Dirty coffee cups on the sink from late-night study cramming, clothes strewn across the floor, and pets that need walking. Does this picture look familiar? If so, you might benefit from improving your study efficiency and effectiveness through a study ritual. But what’s a study ritual? Definition: Noun: study /ˈstʌdi/ - The devotion of time and attention to gaining knowledge of an academic subject, especially by means of books. Adjective: ritual /ˈrɪtʃʊəl/ – (of an action) arising from convention or habit.. Source: Dictionary.com

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Plastic-free living: tips from the CDU team

We all know that plastic is bad news for the environment. Loads of (often nonrenewable) energy is used to make it, the chemicals involved in production of plastics can find their way into waterways, and plastic litter is making its way into landfill (and the wilderness) at alarming rates.

Why good mental health is important for study

It’s an expression we use every day, so it might surprise you that the term ‘mental health’ is frequently misunderstood. Meagan Miskin is the Health, Wellbeing & Injury Management Consultant at CDU and she shares the importance that good mental health plays when it comes to work, study and life. 

Five ways to increase your movement and productivity

By design, being a student can lend itself to a sedentary lifestyle between lectures, study requirements, assignments and exams. Think back to when you were a child…How often were you sitting still? Think about your current lifestyle… How often do you move?  Somewhere in between being a child and being an adult, we lose the critical habit of movement. The key for all adults is to build sustainable healthy movement habits into our day. Meagan Miskin is the Health, Wellbeing & Injury Management Consultant at CDU and she shares her top five tips to increase your movement and productivity.                                                                       

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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. 

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.

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.

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.

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:

Clever ways to complete your degree sooner

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

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.

Get hands-on in environmental science whilst studying online

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.

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.

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.

Making the most of opportunities in business and accounting

Kylie Taylor is Account Director in Deloitte’s Darwin office for Deloitte Private BAS (Business Advisory Services). She works closely with some of CDU’s business and accounting placement students, and is passionate about spreading the positive impact a career in accounting can make to businesses and communities.