Alison is studying the Bachelor of Social Work (External), based in Townsville
“I was working full time when I decided to go to uni, so I wanted the flexibility of studying externally. Since then I have had a child and returned to work part-time, while continuing to study.
For me it’s really about being adaptable, being able to study when it suits my life, rather than having to fit my life around an on-campus timetable.
If you’re thinking about studying externally my advice would be to just do it – there’s never going to be a ‘perfect’ time to start. Life goes by so quickly, and sometimes it gets in the way making it hard to devote time for study.
Be kind to yourself and set achievable goals and email your lecturers if you need help or to clarify things. It’s better to get through two subjects and pass, than try to do four and fail them all.
I started off with just one subject to get the hang of it and now I do two every study period.”
Jasmine is studying the Bachelor of Nursing Science based at JCU's Thursday Island Study Centre
“I was studying in Brisbane when my partner was offered employment on Thursday Island. Finding out that JCU had a study centre there helped us make the decision to relocate.
I am enjoying my studies – everyone at the study centre is very friendly and the smaller class sizes mean I receive more personalised support. It has been challenging finding other students with a similar schedule to form a study group, but I do my best to stay organised and motivated with my weekly and semester study planners.
My husband is very supportive of my study needs and it also helps to know that JCU has a wide range of support services available if I need them. My advice for study centre students is to go to classes, watch lectures, read your text books, and consistently work hard.
I didn’t expect to have access to a university in such a remote location, but JCU has made this possible for me and I intend to make the most of this wonderful opportunity.”