“After completing numerous certificates in parks and gardens, landscaping and arboriculture, and a Diploma of Horticulture (Landscape), I was looking to challenge myself further, so I applied to study the Bachelor of Horticulture at Charles Sturt University (CSU).
“This was my first choice because the course provides exciting subjects in a variety of disciplines including horticulture, agriculture, soil science and ecology to name but a few. CSU also has a long history in the agricultural sciences and dedicated teaching staff.
“A highlight of the course was being selected for a study tour of Europe. We were exposed to different horticultural and agricultural activities in France, Switzerland and Germany.
“The degree has expanded on my horticultural knowledge and continues to provide the necessary skillset in my current employment with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council in Parks Management.
“I’m looking forward to using my six years of study to improve urban horticulture within the local government area and continue to actively encourage Council’s Parks and Recreation staff to strive towards advancing their current horticultural qualifications. I have already recommended this degree to a junior colleague wanting to advance her horticultural skills.
“Managing full-time employment and studying a Bachelor degree through online study is hard work, but the rewards along the way are absolutely amazing.”