"I choose to study at Charles Sturt University (CSU) as the university is located in my home city of Bathurst and CSU is well known in rural areas for its teaching.
"During my study, I have been actively involved in campus life. I am a Student Ambassador, which has allowed me to talk to prospective students about CSU. I am also part of Bathurst Christian Students and we have regular weekly meetings. I have found it very easy to make friends and the campus is very relaxed and small.
"I have learnt so many different teaching skills. I have gained lots of personal development and life skills from my involvement in the community. I have found staff to be supportive with many being relaxed and easy to get along with.
"My course had a work placement, and although the process of selecting a school to do my work placement at was at times stressful, I loved the placement as I learnt so much. I received a few scholarships to help cover my costs during my work placement. I also received a general $3000 scholarship.
"I will be the first in my family to graduate and it makes me feel proud to be going to uni. Studying in Bathurst has allowed me to not only be a part of the university, but also a part of a city. It is very easy to make friends and build connections with different people. I have loved my CSU experience."