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What makes a good study buddy

Sometimes, it can feel isolating to study alone. That’s where a study buddy can come in handy to keep you motivated in achieving your study goals. Having a study buddy on deck is also a great way to make new friends. We asked five CDU students what makes a good study buddy:

From bridging course to Mechanical Engineering

When Rikki Bruce graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering* from CDU, she was nominated by her lecturers as a valedictorian for her outstanding personal achievements and academic record. Here's her full graduation speech, where she shares her determination to create a better future for her family.  * This course has been replaced by the Bachelor of Engineering Science.

How Kelly managed study commitments while moving interstate, twice!

Meet Kelly, an external student who will be graduating in 2019 with her Bachelor of Science. Read how she has taken study head-on while moving interstate and what motivates her to keep on with her studies. 

Mauro's chance at a second career in law

Mauro is proof that anyone can make a mid-life career change, regardless of their education or personal background. A Melbourne native, Mauro was in his early forties when he decided to make the switch from working health administration and become a lawyer. He's taken time out of his busy career to tell us about his journey and the massive challenges he overcame along the way.

Step-by-step guide: how to apply to CDU

Congratulations on making the decision to study with a leading graduate employment and salary outcomes university – CDU. We’re here to help you take your next step towards shaping a better future, so let’s get started on the path to uni application success.

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How Gabby is forging a legal career, even against the odds

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.

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.

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. 

Explore our 2020 courses

Looking to start study? Explore our courses on offer from health, business, education, science, arts and more.

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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.

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.

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 tackled 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.

Six reasons not to study at university and how to switch that thinking

If you are thinking about tackling a university degree, you probably have a few questions or barriers preventing you from taking the plunge and getting started.

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.

Seven tips to succeed as a postgrad parent

Starting a postgraduate degree as a working parent may seem daunting at first, but before you file it in the “too hard” basket, read our tips to make study and parenthood do-able.

Tackling real-world challenges with engineering

If you’ve always had an interest in science, maths and technology, see how you can apply these theories to practical challenges and help shape a better future.