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Dania shapes young minds - and her own - through CDU

When Dania Al Abiad obtained her Graduate Diploma in Teaching in 2013, she was delighted to be offered a teaching position straight away in her areas of interest. 

For Erika, CDU was the best place to grow her life-long interest in business

When Erika Lu moved with her family from the Philippines in 2013, she knew there’d be a whole new world of opportunities that would open up. But she didn’t know just how much CDU would offer her and her family.

Jenny picked CDU and is now fulfilling her dreams

For Qiujianni Fan (Jenny), the Australian lifestyle was a big factor in her decision to study in Australia. But it was also Jenny’s lifelong ambition of becoming a teacher and the uniqueness of the Territory that gave her the push to study teaching at CDU and fulfil her dream.

From a bored high school student to a respected community leader

Haydon Staines, a proud Indigenous man, went from being a bored high school student to becoming a respected community leader. It was a path that often took him out of his comfort zone. That path included graduating with a Bachelor of Education from Charles Darwin University. Now Haydon is helping to Close the Gap* as a school Vice Principal. Read on to find out about Haydon’s inspiring journey.

See where CDU’s study abroad program has taken Lucy

Lucy Lockhart is a fourth-year Bachelor of Education Secondary (Science) student with CDU and she’s studying externally from the United Kingdom. She recently completed the study abroad program CDU offers in partnership with Worcester University. She’s also a professional women’s rugby union player with the Worcester Warriors. In her spare time, Lucy holds down a teaching and mentoring job at a specialised school for at-risk children. She also travels around Europe with her partner Dan. Read on for Lucy’s full story.

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Alisha wasn’t happy with her Queensland uni, so she switched to CDU

What’s it like to switch from one university to another after you’ve already begun your degree? CDU graduate Alisha Chapman has a few words of advice for anyone who’s thinking of doing just that. Read on to learn how Alisha switched gears and found the path to her passion.

From China to Galiwin’ku: Coco’s passion for positive change

Studying a Master of Teaching at Charles Darwin University’s Casuarina campus, with the aim to graduate in 2021, Coco Chan has embraced her new life in Australia. Listing watching the sunsets from Darwin’s Mindil and Nightcliff Beaches and camping in Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks among her favourite pursuits, Coco has been taken by the veritable cultural melting pot that is Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory. Hear more of Coco’s story below.

Taking the next step in my early childhood career: Tannille's story

After a few years in the big smoke, Tannille moved back to the regional, coastal town of Elliston in South Australia with her husband and young family. It was the perfect opportunity to take a new professional direction. She started a family day care centre and with her business underway, the mum of three decided it was time to gain her bachelor's degree in early childhood education. Here's her story. 

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Why I'm finally doing a teaching degree: Wendy's story

After a decade or so of working in a range of jobs and raising two daughters, Wendy show us it's never too late to follow your passion. She's studying a teaching degree online at CDU from her home in Victoria, while juggling family and work. Here's how giving herself permission to do something she loves is preparing her for a challenging and rewarding career.  

Why I changed careers to become a teacher: Sallie's story

After 15 years as an event manager, Sallie decided it was time for a change after her second daughter arrived. She took the plunge and applied to study a teaching degree online at CDU, which she'd been thinking about for a while. Here's how she's putting her creativity, organisational and time management skills to task as she juggles her teaching degree, family and three jobs. 

New country, new friends: How William combined a teaching degree and travel

Motivated by a desire to see how people learn in other countries, William Jansen decided to combine his teaching degree and travel. He travelled to Germany as part of CDU’s Global Mobility program, spending four weeks at the Philipps-Universität of Marburg in their Summer University Program. Read on to see how his overseas experience and newfound friends gave him a fresh perspective on education. 

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

Chengxi Li had become disillusioned with her studies. She was halfway through a Master of Professional Accounting when she realised she’d made a mistake. But, out of that experience she found a new passion for teaching and learning. Chengxi was the first full-time student to enrol in CDU's innovative Master of Digital Learning Futures. Here's her story. 

How I'm pursuing my childhood dream of becoming a teacher

We all have that one teacher who stays with us for life. You remember their lessons and support like it was yesterday. And now that you're all grown up, you want to be just like them. When Kelsey started studying teaching, she was in the same shoes. Read on to see how she studied her Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) online to become a Year 1 teacher in her home town in regional South Australia. 

How Naomi studied a teaching degree while working full time

Wondering if it’s possible to balance study and family? It's a question Naomi asked herself before starting a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood). Turns out you can. She did her teaching degree while working, having her third baby and moving interstate. Read on to see how she overcame the challenges of studying teaching as a busy working mum.