We caught up with Rebekah and Liezl during O-Week to hear how they plan to create positive change with their university degrees.
What made you decide to study your choice of degree?
Liezl: I’m studying a Bachelor of Environmental Science and going into my second year. I’ve always been passionate about animals and the environment, particularly nature conservation, so environmental science is right up my alley. I want to become a ranger, eventually.
Rebekah: I’m studying social work because I like helping people. I worked with refugees heaps while I was at school and I’m really quite passionate about advocacy.
Did you always know that you were going to go to university?
Liezl: I think so, yeah. I never really changed my mind about what I wanted to do after school. So I always stuck with it. I didn’t take a gap year, just went straight into it. I thought I might as well since I’m in the routine of waking up early. In year 10, teachers drill you to ask what you want to do and I always knew.
Rebekah: Yeah, I really wanted to go straight to uni from high school. I knew if I took a gap year I’d probably not get back into it. I like CDU because it’s a small uni and you get to know you lecturers.
What do you like about O-Week?
Liezl: I like to look around the stalls to see if anything interests me and to see if there are any clubs I can join.
Rebekah: I’ve been here two hours and so far it’s been really cool. It’s my second year studying at CDU, I didn’t get to experience much last year so I thought I’d come back and experience a little more this year. I thought it would be a cool time to see what’s going on at the uni and get a feel for it again. It’s been a few months since I was here, so it’s good to get back into it and meet more people.
What do you think of university so far? Is it what you expected?
Liezl: I think it’s pretty good. Sometimes the three hour ones get a bit long! My first impression of uni is that it's a bit harder than I thought. I wasn’t expecting to have a full load of work all the time. I chose CDU mainly because of the course itself. When I looked at what’s involved, I saw that there are a lot of practical components which I prefer.
Rebekah: It’s different to what I expected. I thought it would kind of be like an American college but it’s not, there’s a lot more studying. It’s really nice studying something I’m really interested in. At high school you get told what you have to study and don’t have a lot of choice. There’s a little more study involved than I thought and you have to take a lot more responsibility for yourself. At high school there’s a lot of ‘hand in your assignments, do your assignments’ whereas at uni you’re expected to know when assignments are due. But I actually really love that; when I get to take responsibility for something I do it a lot better.
I’ve found the course very comprehensive. A lot of the theory taught is related back to how it’s impacted in the real world and all the lecturers have lots of experience in the field and local area.