"CSU's course was recommended by my employer when I was employed as an Aboriginal mental health worker trainee. I chose CSU as it was the only university offering this degree.
"I attended my first residential school at Wagga Wagga Campus. I was very nervous, being a mature-aged student it had been many years since I had studied in such a learning environment. I remember meeting the other students in my cottage on the first day and I immediately felt welcome.
"I have made some strong friendships in the time after this first meeting, and we see each other as part of each other's extended family now. One of the highlights was meeting new friends and associates and connecting with likeminded people from all over the country.
"The staff at the library gave me online assistance, which was a great benefit to me. I have borrowed books using online services and the search engines for doing research, such as Google Scholar and Primo Search, are invaluable resources. I have utilised the services at the Indigenous Student Centre and have found the support by all the staff second to none.
"I have really enjoyed the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and work in environments that I am not used to, such as rural medical centres and large metropolitan hospitals.
"After I graduate from my Bachelor degree, I am planning to study the Master of Social Work. That has got to say something about how I feel about CSU. If you're considering study, you should go for it - you won't regret it. In fact, it may be the best thing you have done in your life."