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CSU Live Testimonial

Karen Lordan

Karen Lordan
Bachelor of Medical Science graduate

“I was attracted to this course because my partner was diagnosed with brain cancer and I wanted to understand more about his disease. I needed to find a university that offered a distance learning option for the degree I was interested in. I spoke to a few people and CSU seemed to be the obvious choice. 

“I always felt that our lecturers actually knew us. I didn’t feel like I was one of hundreds of anonymous faces. I didn’t feel disadvantaged as an online student – I had access to exactly the same materials as the on campus students. I also found that in just about all of my subjects, lecturers would deliver tutorials from their homes in the evenings to ensure that online students were able to ‘attend’. The people I met at residential schools have become friends and we catch up once a year.

“I left school at the end of Year 10 and hadn’t really done any study since. My first essay was returned to me advising me it wasn’t of academic standard, and I was horrified! I did a subject on essay writing and got a High Distinction for an essay the next session. 

“I was one of the first cohorts to use online live video lectures. I remember taking part in a lecture while travelling through the Northern Territory on my motorcycle. I was camping in a cow paddock, with a small camp fire and attending a microbiology lecture. I was able to interact with other students and the lecturer. As far as I was concerned, this was proof you could study anywhere, anytime with CSU.

“I did my placements at the John Hunter Hospital and Maitland Hospital in clinical biochemistry, haematology, toxicology and microbiology. The pracs showed me the areas in which I would like to work and the areas I would not like to work in. I didn’t really have a clear understanding of how automated clinical biochemistry was until I attended my prac.

“I was a mature-aged student with a grown-up family. My five-year goal is to gain enough experience in core lab and microbiology to eventually work with Medicins Sans Frontiers. For those who haven’t studied before, use the resources available to you. Get advice, find out where you are going wrong and correct it. Build relationships with your lecturers, they are here to help you and want you to succeed. Take part in subject forums or get a study buddy – it helps reinforce the learning. And finally, don’t take on too many subjects at once.”