Charles Sturt University

Yindyamarra Winhanganha. This is a Wiradjuri phrase meaning ‘the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in’. This ethos is at the heart of everything we stand for at Charles Sturt University. It’s why we strive to create a world worth living in.

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Charles Sturt University

Yindyamarra Winhanganha. This is a Wiradjuri phrase meaning ‘the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in’. This ethos is at the heart of everything we stand for at Charles Sturt University. It’s why we strive to create a world worth living in.

Student Stories from Charles Sturt University

Find out what students from Charles Sturt University have to say about their study experience.

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Crystal Cooke
Bachelor of Nursing + Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)

Charles Sturt University (CSU) graduate Crystal Cooke works as a Paramedic with NSW Ambulance in Sydney. She is also a medical advisor for Channel Seven, contributing to scripts for shows like Home and Away. But when Crystal started her journey with CSU she had little knowledge of healthcare.

“I had no experience in biology, chemistry, didn’t know maths, could not even tell you what blood pressure was. I just knew I really wanted to be a paramedic. Yet by halfway through my first semester I’d been accepted into an accelerated pathway with NSW Ambulance and I had a contract waiting for me when I finished my degree.”

By her second year Crystal was travelling the world – in Canada with other CSU students, doing ride-alongs with the British Columbia Ambulance Service and Alberta Health Services.

After returning to Australia, Crystal completed her internship with NSW Ambulance and became a Qualified Paramedic.  

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Nina Oyama and Angus Thompson
Bachelor of Theatre Media and Bachelor of Communications (Public Relations)

Nina and Angus met while studying at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, and it was here that they started working on what would become, as Nina explained, a surprise hit TV show, The Angus Project. 

“If someone had told us when we first started hanging out that we would make a TV show for the ABC we’d be like ‘nah!’ The fact that it has happened has been a really proud moment for us.”

And Angus sees shifting people’s view of disability as part of the show’s drive.

“I want to try and change the world in any way I can and try to change society’s perception of people living with cerebral palsy. Not many people have an idea of what people with cerebral palsy can accomplish. We all need to put this [their capabilities] out in the mainstream. It’s a physical disability – we’re not just wheelchair bound and at home all day. We can accomplish our dreams.”

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Nina Oyama and Angus Thompson
Bachelor of Theatre Media and Bachelor of Communications (Public Relations)
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Anthea Marriott
Bachelor of Science

Anthea Marriott has always loved numbers – so it made sense for her to study the Bachelor of Business (Accounting). Her passion for numbers just kept growing so she stepped up to another degree and studied the Bachelor of Science, majoring in mathematics and minoring in statistics.  

 

“I’m really lucky to have had the opportunity to study two degrees. I’ve learned so many important concepts from both that I use every day.”

Anthea is currently working for Microsoft as a business program manager intern and recently won a national science award.

“Only 100 students from across Australia were named as a Future Leader and 10 students were finalists for the Quantium Data Science Award – so to win is a huge achievement. I’m the only student from Charles Sturt University to win an award in this competition, so that was another big achievement for me and I feel very proud to have represented my university.”

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Dennis Dunn
Bachelor of Business Studies

When he was at school, Dennis wasn’t sure what direction he wanted to go in. Then a traineeship in a bank set him on the path to studying the Bachelor of Business Studies with Charles Sturt University – and he hasn’t looked back since. 

“I’m from Cowra originally and have an Indigenous background. My nan was part of the stolen generation. In my family there was no expectation for going to university. Originally I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do. So my thinking was ‘well, everything is a business in some way’, so a business degree would help set me up with career opportunities in the future. When I graduated, my mum and my relatives were all very proud of me. They all came to watch me get up on stage and accept my degree, and they can see clearly what education can do.

“Doing work placements through different subjects in my course at Charles Sturt University gave me more practical exposure to aspects of business. The degree was really good for giving me exposure to opportunities and broadening my horizons. And it also gave me a broad range of skills that I could apply to a range of career paths.

“Currently I’m in the graduate program at the Commonwealth Bank, living in Sydney. It’s a very competitive area and I was pleased to be one of the candidates chosen from a very high volume of applicants across the country. The degree from Charles Sturt University helped me get one of those places. I’m interested in working more in the financing aspects of not-for-profits to help set me up for the next step in my career.”

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Dennis Dunn
Bachelor of Business Studies
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Gail Carson-Brown
Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

Proving it’s never too late to discover and follow your passion, Gail started her first university degree when she was in her late thirties. And she hasn’t looked back. In fact, she’s taken huge leaps forward and has won back-to-back Dean’s awards.

“After working as an executive officer for most of my career, I decided the time was right for me to follow my passion and pursue psychology. I am studying with Charles Sturt online and the flexibility to increase or decrease my study load has allowed me to do this degree at the right pace, depending on how much I have going on with my work and family life. 

“I live locally so I can use the uni facilities whenever I need to, and I’ve also done a global study tour that was great for connecting with my peers. Last year I started working in youth mental health services and I am loving that I can really start to apply some of my knowledge to my job.”

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Kristy-Lee Wickey
Bachelor of Nursing

Kristy-Lee Wickey is a proud Wiradjuri woman and a mother of three young children. After the birth of her first child, she was touched by the care and support she received from her midwives – and she decided to apply to Charles Sturt University. 

“I was amazed by the registered nurses and midwives as they were just so beautiful, caring and supportive. I thought to myself: being a midwife would have to be the most amazing and rewarding career.

“Now I’ve graduated, I would love to make a difference to improving and closing the gap in Indigenous health, as well as provide support, be an advocate and provide culturally appropriate care to my people. I hope that I can inspire and encourage other women with children and, in particular, Indigenous women to follow their dreams and goals in life – as it’s never too late.”

 

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Kristy-Lee Wickey
Bachelor of Nursing