CSU Live Testimonial

Sabrina KeenSabrina Keen

Bachelor of Arts

"I wanted to study art history while living in my home state of Tasmania and Charles Sturt University (CSU) was able to provide not only the art history subjects I wanted, but also the convenience of studying online. I lived with my husband in various parts of Tasmania and I had a variety of jobs while studying. Working was always to “pay the bills” while I moved towards gaining more qualifications in art history.

"The advantages of studying online for me were portability and flexibility. In the years I was studying I had three job changes, moved house three times, and had a child! Studying online meant that I could study at my own pace. And of course, it meant that I could be a student and a parent. This is something that is very important to me. I am a scholar at heart, and to be able to follow my passions while raising a family, without sacrificing one or the other, was something I wanted to prove to myself I could achieve, and by doing so be a role model for my children. I was always determined that being a parent wouldn't stop me from studying. This was a driving motivation for me. I believe that you can do almost anything if you are willing to work hard for it, and for me that meant being a scholar and being a mum were not mutually exclusive. I didn't want to wait until I had finished university before I had kids, nor did I want to put my academic career on hold while I had young children.

"My subject coordinators were always very friendly and helpful, and provided excellent feedback on my assignments and forum participation. I’d like to make a special mention of Dr Sam Bowker who supervised my art history Honours dissertation, and has been a perpetual font of information and encouragement. I am certain that his passion for art history is an inspiration to many students.

"As a teenager and young adult I worked in hospitality and retail and really had nothing on my resume to recommend me to the arts sector. Since finishing my Honours degree I have been offered work as a casual academic. This has given me valuable work experience in an academic position.

"In 2014 I was writing my Honours dissertation. I was also pregnant and gave birth half way through the academic year. I went on to finish my dissertation, graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), and won a University Medal! 2014 was a good year and my most memorable CSU experience!

"CSU offers an excellent standard of education, a wide range of courses, knowledgeable and helpful staff, and a variety of study options. Thanks to CSU’s online options, I have been able to simultaneously raise a family and pursue my passion for art history without moving interstate. I am hoping to begin a PhD in art history at CSU in the next six to twelve months."