The light at the end of the tunnel: study holiday planning

Well, we are halfway through semester already, but there is still hope for us… because holidays are close! I suspect that I am not alone in secretly saying to myself ‘Yippee it’s nearly holidays’. But it does leave me asking ‘Where did the semester go?’ If you are anything like me at the moment it all seems like study, study, study! Assignments… when will they end? And it would be so easy to think that with the mid-semester holidays coming soon I could just do nothing, have a complete break and forget all the assignments that are backed up halfway to Woolloomooloo.

holding booksBut I know that I would regret it at the end of semester when I go back to lectures and remember that those assignments are still due and aarrrrghhh! I haven’t started yet.

So holidays are an ideal opportunity to catch up on all the readings that you are behind in and get ahead on the assignments that are due before we get into the exam period. I find that a combination of relaxation, study and assignments works best for me during the mid-semester break. That way, when the last few weeks of the semester come around the stress levels are kept to a bare minimum. Well, that’s the theory anyway. It does work…mostly. Here are some options for studying during the mid-semester break:

  • Catch up on study and assignments one day, then take the next day off and catch up with friends.
  • Go crazy and work like there is no tomorrow, get everything done and dusted in the first week and take the rest of the holiday break off! The best thing about this plan is that when you get back to uni you feel like you have had a break and all your catch up is done.
  • Have a complete rest in the first week, do nothing, sit around, go to the beach, whatever you desire, then get into study in the last week of the holidays… but be warned! This plan does have a drawback! After a week of doing nothing it is really hard to get back into it and get motivated to actually start studying and begin those assignments again.
  • Do the mornings! Study in the mornings and have YOUR time in the afternoons.
  • Do the afternoons! Have YOUR time in the mornings and study in the afternoons.
  • If you are an evening person, have YOUR time during the day and study/ assignments in the wee hours of the evening.
  • If you are planning on going away for the holidays, take your laptop and assignment or study work. You never know, there may be a few moments that you will be totally inspired and a whole assignment can be completed in a few hours! Personally, this strategy never worked for me because I have always found the beach/family/shopping too alluring to resist!

But regardless of how you go about studying during the holidays, that is, if you do any studying at all, just remember that the holidays are a great opportunity to catch up and get ahead with your studies. Any effort you do manage to put into study will just make life after holidays and before exams so much less stressful. And remember: distraction is the enemy of study!

distraction

Travel survival guide: Your map to enjoying the semester break!

We are almost halfway through semester, which means that the midyear break is fast approaching.  If you want something to look forward to once the hard slog is on hold, start planning your travels now!

Whether it’s a weekend away somewhere nearby or an overseas jaunt, these travel tips will help make sure that you’re prepared for the rest and relaxation or chaos and adrenaline-fuelled adventures you are dreaming of.

1.     Do your research (even if you like surprises)

When going somewhere new, it’s always a good idea to find out a little something before you go to ensure you stay safe and healthy and, for those who don’t like surprises, have a few ideas of what to see and do.  As a minimum, check to see if there are any health or safety risks if you plan to travel overseas – and take action now to prevent them.  You might also want to check that there aren’t any major events happening during your planned stay. If you’re like me and prefer not to pre-book, this makes it rather difficult to find a place to stay on arrival. Trust me, I’ve been caught out more than once!  It’s kind of like approaching an assignment – while it is possible to wing it, you’re more likely to do well if you know the basics before you get started!

packing essentials

2.     Pack light (but have something for all types of weather)

There’s nothing worse than lugging a heavy backpack or suitcase on vacation, only to realise that you don’t use half the stuff you brought with you and need other things, which you left behind. Do you really need 4 pairs of high heels if you’re going to the beach for the weekend? Probably not, but make sure you pack one pair just in case you decide to go out somewhere more formal for dinner or dancing. And make sure you bring something warm – when the weather gets bad, even the seaside can become freezing in summer!  And don’t forget a pair of jeans: you can dress them up or down depending on your shoes, top and accessories. It’s kind of like preparing for an exam. You can’t prepare for absolutely everything, but by ensuring you have a broad understanding and focusing on core concepts, you are more likely to succeed.

rainy day

3.     Expect the unexpected (and hope that they’re only positive)

We all know how good it feels to finally be on vacation after a seemingly never-ending semester. You’re no longer on a deadline… you feel on top of the world! Nothing can get in the way of a great vacation… but just in case, make sure you take out travel health insurance, particularly if you’re heading overseas. In some countries, you won’t be treated unless you can prove that you have the money to pay beforehand and it can be very, very expensive. It’s like that last-minute cramming you do before you walk into the exam room – you might not need it but you will be so thankful you put the extra effort in to swot if you do.

4.     Go with the flow (unless of course it’s free flow all night!)

So you get to the airport and find that your flight has been delayed, or you check the forecast and that bright, sunny beach you were dreaming of is currently being pummelled with rain. Fret not, for vacations aren’t the time for precise plans anyway. Chances are that there’s some great free stuff to check out at the airport (movies, gardens, even slides for adults!) and reading a book from the dry sanctuary of your beach bungalow is still a more relaxing and tranquil experience than you would have if you were at home. Think of it like tackling the ups and downs of uni. You might not always take the path you had planned or get the grade that you strived for, but you gain that all-important knowledge and understanding in the end.. and it is this that sets you free!

keep calm and plan your holiday

I wish you all a triumphant march to the end of semester.  Study hard, but don’t forget to take a break and plan a rewarding vacation to look forward to!

How being proud of your uni can pay off

It brings me great pride to say, as a USQ student and a USQ student ambassador, that the Springfield campus Open Day was a huge success! It was raining for the days leading up to the event and many of us were worried mother nature would rain on our parade (pun very much intended), but she didn’t! Of course, she was not incredibly nice, and decided to make it quite windy on the day instead… but that was nothing we couldn’t live with.

The Open Day included all sorts of useful information for prospective students, including faculty and general information sessions, individual talks to academics, campus tours and the opportunity to talk to current students. Of course, not all of the day was centred around information and  fun activities were also available, such as free fairy floss, giant jenga, a caricature artist and zorb balls, just to name a few!

open day Caricaturist

It was great to have the opportunity to talk to a number of grade 12 students who are quite nervous about their upcoming QCS test as well as life after high school. I talked to one student in particular who was 100% sure she was coming to USQ next year. We talked about what uni life is like for a little bit, how she feels about the upcoming QCS test and how nervous she feels about leaving school. As she left, she said, ‘see you next year’, which gave me a fantastic warm squishy feeling inside!

Of course, many of the prospective students who turned up on the day only knew about it because of our fantastic student ambassador team, which I am proudly a part of. We regularly go to expos and schools to talk to a range of people from the public about why tertiary education and USQ can be the right choice for them! This is a picture of a few student ambassadors doing their thing at Open Day! You’ve probably seen a few of us around campus without even realising it!

Open Day Ambassadors

Personally, my favourite story from Open Day is about a grade 12 student from Livingstone Christian College, which I visited in the week leading up to Open Day to do a scholarship presentation. Even though it took this one student 2 hours to get to our campus, using both a bus and a train, he promised me he would come, and he did.

Open Day behind the scenes

He was one of the first people on campus on the day, and also one of the last to leave. While on campus, he spent most of his time in the mock TV studio our Bachelor of Applied Media students had set up, even going on camera and being interviewed by one of the Bachelor of Applied Media students and fellow student ambassador, Eliza. Eliza even used that interview to write an article about him in The Queensland Times. All up, it was the perfect day for the student to get involved in university life and see what being a creative arts student at USQ could mean!

Open Day behind the scenes

At the end of the day, this student said he was going to change his QTAC preferences to include USQ because of the close ties that USQ’s creative arts faculty has with a number of top-class theatre companies!

Knowing that I was able to contribute to creating a positive experience of uni life for this student, and that this could help shape his future in ways he never even thought of before, gives me a great sense of pride in myself and in my uni.

Top 4 deadly spots to hang out in Toowoomba with the USQ Mob!

Welcome to USQ! You’re probably wondering where to hang-out with the Mob now that you’re a student. That’s where I come in! Read on for 4 deadly spots for having a yarn and finding your place at USQ!

  1. The Common Room

CAIS Common RoomThe Common Room can be found in the College of Australian Indigenous Studies, in TA Block.  This is the where the USQ Mob hang out to enjoy endless cups of coffee and yarns with their new study friends.  The Common Room is a great place to kick back before class, read up on your class notes or catch up with your sisters and brothers. You might even be lucky enough to see the Aunts and Uncle who sometimes come on-campus. It’s a great place to share stories, designs and dreams. We all come from different areas, but in The Common Room we are all the same, working for the same dream. Even if it is just to proofread an assignment or work out how to reference an article, there is always someone there to help over a cuppa and yarn.

  1. The Hub

USQ Hub ToowoombaSoak up uni life in the R Block Hub. Not only can you grab a quick bite at the café and Refectory, you can also just lounge about on the funky chairs watching the fish swim by. Everyone meets at The Hub before and after classes to catch-up and head off to classes together. As the semester progresses and assignments start rolling in, the library is just an elevator ride away from The Hub, where you can get your study on.

Need to charge your phone? No worries! Take advantage of the power points, computers and printers at The Hub while you sip away on a hot coffee and snack on a toasted ham, cheese and tomato sandwich. The Division of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Services is also on hand to help out with tech issues you may have!

  1. The Gumbi Gumbi Gardens

This place is just too deadly, and is a great place to chill out and have a good yarn. The Gumbi Gumbi Gardens are just along the main entrance to USQ and on tough study days it’s an awesome place to get back to nature.

If you haven’t already, get to your iTunes or Play Store and download the Gumbi Gumbi Gardens Audio Tour.  It will help you to appreciate the things around you and allow you to enjoy a well-deserved study break.

As a mother, I like bringing my children to have a walk through the Gardens to discover the different hidden plants and totems throughout the gardens. It’s awesome to see my children run about and play in the Gardens while I catch up on study, or revise my lecture notes.

Gumbi Gumbi gardens Gumbi Gumbi gardensGumbi Gumbi gardens

As you can see from these photos, my family love the gardens! They enjoy the open space, the plants and rolling down the hills). It’s great to share their Aboriginal culture and sometimes we are lucky enough to have James Stumer from CAIS (College for Aboriginal Indigenous Studies) come along to share Indigenous knowledge with us!

  1. Murri Meet-Up

Murri Meet Up Group Donella and TylerNeed study advice or just want to have a chat about university life? Murri Meet-Up is a deadly opportunity to get tips and tricks to succeed in your studies. Best of all, it’s available on-campus or online. So if you aren’t close by, you have access to the Mob, no matter where you are!

This hangout spot is especially great when it gets close to assignment and exam time. The Murri Meet-Up leader is a student who has been there before and will be able to step you through.  When you first get to uni, I recommend enrolling yourself in Murri-Meet up, not just to get the most out of your studies, but also to find your place in the USQ Mob.

Catching up with the USQ Mob is one of my favourite study experiences and these 4 places allow me to take a break, learn from my brothers and sisters and enjoy my time at USQ.

So where will you hangout?

How to set your study expectations!

Are you wondering how to manage all the study that is ahead of you each semester? Are all the things you want to achieve whizzing around in your head and you’re not sure where to go from there? The answer to this problem is… Goals!

Goal setting is an effective study strategy that will help you reach that long-term goal of wearing your cap and gown (as well as a smile from ear to ear that will be almost impossible to erase) on graduation day. Then there are also the all-important short-term goals like assignments, lectures and actually doing the study each week. It is important to think about your study goals because they will help you stay motivated, focused and able to maintain direction each week. But be sure to make your goals realistic, achievable and do not over extend yourself.

Remember that goals must be smart:

How to set proper, smart goals

I have found that writing down a list of my goals is an excellent place to start each semester. This gives me a starting place to take action, so that I am more likely to accomplish my goals. Writing the goals down and keeping them in highly visible places such as on a whiteboard in my study room at home and in my lecture notes, keeps me on task all semester long.

This is the whiteboard I set up in my study space at the beginning of each semester that lists all my goals!

This is the whiteboard I set up in my study space at the beginning of each semester that lists all my goals!

Before I start each semester, I also draw up a study schedule detailing the weekly study requirements for each of my courses. I list what chapters to read, any extra articles that need to be read and modules that have to be completed. I include all my assignments (and the due dates) on my study schedule to ensure that an assignment does not slip by me during a busy week. I highly recommend having a whiteboard in your study area at home, because it is a great way to keep track of everything that is going on in your uni life. I have drawn up a table on one side of mine which lists the Who, When, What, Where and Why of my assignments and exams so that I cannot avoid them.

The ‘who’, ‘when’, ‘where’ and ‘what’ are obvious, but the ‘why’ aspect is because ‘I’ want to do it for my own self-esteem and my future. These assignments stare back at me on a daily basis as a reminder of the expectations that I have set for myself. If you are not sure how to draw up a study schedule there are numerous sites on the internet that have templates. You could always use your uni calendar to achieve the same results and display it in a noticeable position.

Study expectations

But for all your planning, there may be times that things don’t quite work out how you would like. It is important to be flexible with your goals. This will help relieve stress when your goals and expectations seem unattainable. Break them down into smaller more actionable steps. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses will help you to accomplish your expectations and goals.

The most important part of setting your study expectations, preparing, planning and organising your study, is that it empowers you. You are in control of your education, you can see how far you have come and how far you have to go. Critical to this is that you can celebrate your progress. I always make a point of doing something special when the last assignment is marked off my whiteboard each semester. It is not uncommon to see me dancing around the room.

Being in control of your study and setting your expectations is vitally important to the development of your will power to succeed!

Set goals and be successful

If you have some special way that you set your study goals or expectations, let us know!

How to get motivated and smash out that assignment!

I love to study and I love to learn. But let’s face it, assignments can be a bit of a drag. Yes, I enjoy the intellectual challenge, but the stress of getting the task done on time and showing my knowledge adequately to the marker can sometimes get the best of me. I know that all will be fine in the end – I have successfully completed numerous assignments to date – but that doesn’t stop me from feeling under pressure every time, right up until I hit that ‘submit’ button.

keep-calm-and-finish-assignment

So, is all this pressure and stress worth it in the end? Damn straight it is! Your hard work and dedication will be rewarded by a fabulous grade (hopefully!) and you will be able to reflect upon the journey that helped you arrive at your newfound knowledge that came as a result of preparing your assignment. Learning and knowledge truly are fabulous motivators for me. But I also love to reward myself further with unrelated intrinsic and extrinsic rewards. Something that gives me the motivation to keep energised and get the assignment completed as best I can.

The idea is that these rewards are reinforcing – you are more likely to work hard to get this and your next assignments done as you will want the reward you know is available upon completion. It helps beat procrastination (which I am often very guilty of) and keeps us going as our energy levels deplete and we feel like calling it quits. Keep in mind that rewards don’t necessarily mean you have to buy something. Rewarding yourself simply ensures that something positive will follow on from your successfully completing an assignment.

Cappuccino with smiley face and chocolate chip cookie.

The type of reward should be something of value to you – something that makes you want to work hard and get the assignment done (before the last minute, if possible!). I like to do something that I haven’t had time for while working on assignments, such as catching up on my favourite TV shows (e.g. Orange is the New Black or Covert Affairs), chatting with friends online who live far away or reading a book I’ve wanted to get stuck into. You might prefer to go for a massage or spend the night online gaming – choose whatever it is that will motivate YOU!

And if you’re really struggling to get the assignment done and that reward upon finishing seems like it will never come, reward yourself along the way. Break your assignment up into segments or smaller tasks and plan smaller rewards for completing each of those. It could be a delicious mocha once you’ve got the basic outline of your assignment planned or a walk in your garden to stretch your legs after doing the necessary background reading. Again, it’s important to choose rewards that will motivate you. With the smaller rewards, aim to make them less time consuming – your ultimate goal is, of course, to get the assignment finished (and get that big reward).

Feeling when assignment finished

Smash out those assignments and enjoy the rewards!

The honeymoon is over: preparing for a splendid semester!

So, it’s that time of year again: the start of semester. It only comes around three times a year and only two times for some. It’s a time filled with (for myself, at least) equal parts of trepidation and excitement.

New classes. New subjects. New assessment.

This is how we feel most of the time at the beginning of semester:

Harry Potter #Igotthis

‘I’m ready for the classes, the subjects and most importantly, the assessment. I got this.’

For some of us, this is approximately three weeks in:

Hermione - I know the answer!

‘Yes, I know the answer to that. I’m keeping up with all of the assessment and study! Wooo! Go me!’

Midway through semester:

The mid semester blues

‘I kind of just want it to be over. Is it holidays yet? I should be studying, but I really don’t have the motivation’.

End of semester:

End of semester stress

‘Ergh’.

Needless to say, assignments and study can take their toll, so it is best to start early to gain some momentum for those last few weeks of study before the final exams!

It can be hard to get motivated at the beginning of semester when exams and assessment pieces seem so far away… So here are some tips to stay motivated at the start of semester that I’ve picked up during my three years of study.

Normally, I will try and write all the assessment due dates on the first pages of my note books for each particular subject. This way, they are easily accessible and I will know exactly how much I need to get done and when. Due to this, these assessment pieces are never far from my mind.

I also enjoy having a thorough understanding of each subject’s content by the end of week 1. I don’t mean knowing all of the content, I mean knowing what the content is. This means that I have a very good idea of how much study I need to complete during semester, as well as how long the assessment pieces are likely to take me. Some assessment pieces will take a bit longer than others, of course, so these are normally started a tiny bit earlier if they are due at the same time as others.

It’s also about peace of mind as well. I don’t ever have any assignments pop out of nowhere with three days to go before they are due, or 25 psychology articles on DiReCt (the course readings) that I haven’t had a chance to look at with only two days before the end of semester exam…

Writing down a general idea of your responsibilities and other activities throughout the semester is a good idea (I personally love the massive calendar we get mailed at the start of every year).

These may include things such as sporting commitments, work or… music festivals!

splendour in the grass musical festivalI was lucky enough to go to this particular festival last weekend!

Because I knew I would be away for the first week of classes, I utilised my organisation skills and adjusted my schedule so that I could fit in these amazing three days full of music, friends and food and still feel confident about the semester ahead!

Hopefully these tips will help you feel equally as confident about tackling the new semester!

That G-RAD-uation Feeling!

RESULTS ARE OUT!  Congratulations to everyone who will be graduating in September.  It’s a rewarding moment, receiving THAT email after years of slaving away behind a keyboard.  After enjoying the immediate obligatory celebrations, there’s a bit of a gap before your graduation ceremony.  I remember a friend asking me “why bother going to your graduation ceremony, isn’t it pointless if you can just get your degree mailed to you.”

Here’s why…

Firstly, you get to wear an awesome hat and gown.  You know, the ones you always see in those American college films and they toss their hat in the air and by some miracle all catch their own respective hats.  Now is a good time to mention you’re technically not allowed to throw the hats now.  Did I mention the gowns are basically Hogwarts robes?

ProTip:  Take a wand to graduation and duel members of other faculties for maximum enjoyment.

tom graduation

Another part worth going for is the chance to be snapped by the local paper.  Personally, I love every bit of limelight I can crawl my way into, so with local newspaper photographers doing the rounds, there was ample opportunity.

ProTip:  Being friends with the valedictorian goes a long way to increasing your photo chances.

I did worry that the ceremony itself was going to be a bit of drag, much like the old-school assemblies.  However, on the day, you feel an emotional investment with each part of the proceedings.  From marching through the middle of town, to the keynote speeches, and even the individual presentation of awards to each student.  Standing in the wings waiting for my turn to receive my award was the best part.  Watching each student before me push their chest out, lift their head and stride across the stage, you know that they are feeling the same pride that you are.  It was at this moment I realised what I was about to be awarded wasn’t just a piece of paper.

Achievement unlocked graduation

What you receive during that fleeting moment on stage is ultimate satisfaction.  Each all-nighter pulled, each early morning lecture, each overdue library book fine, each social event neglected all culminated into an abundance of achievement and self-gratification.  That’s a feeling I could never recreate opening my degree in the mail.

I’ve since had my degree framed and it is something I am proud to hang on display for everyone to see.  There’s no better feeling than graduating uni, and I’d love to do a postgraduate degree just to do it again.

tom graduate

Until next time,

Tom

Kick-start the brain with some healthy study snacks!

On these cold winter days, it is easy to snack on all the wrong foods while you’re buried in study books. I know I do. But there are lots of options for us to choose that we don’t have to feel guilty about afterwards.  Here are some of my favourite snacks that are healthy and tasty too.

Banana, Honey & Hazelnut Smoothie

Banana, Honey & Hazelnut smoothie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blend 1 peeled, sliced banana with 250ml soya milk, 1 teaspoon of honey and a little grated nutmeg until smooth. Pour into two large glasses and top with 2 tsps of toasted, chopped hazelnuts to serve.

Pepperoni Pizza Bread

Pepperoni Pizza Bread

Halve a small loaf of Italian bread horizontally and toast under the grill. Brush with olive oil, top with tomato sauce, grated low fat mozzarella, parmesan and sliced pepperoni (or your favourite topping). Toast until bubbling. Sprinkle with dried oregano.

Feta dip

Feta Dip

Blend 1/2 cup low fat Greek yoghurt, 1/2 cup reduced fat mayonnaise, 1/4 cup crumbled feta, 2 tsps chopped fresh dill (or 1 tsp. dried dill), 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp white or black pepper and an optional dash of hot sauce.

Cut up veggies like carrots, celery, capsicum and cucumbers and use them to dip.

Banana Chips

Banana Chips

Slice a banana into thin slices and lay on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 950C/2000 F until golden for 2 to 3 hours. Let harden at room temperature.

Crunchy Chickpeas

Crunchy Chickpeas

Cook a 440g can of drained chickpeas in an ovenproof dish with 2 tbs olive oil and 1 tsp each of cumin and smoked paprika for 2 minutes. Season with salt, and then bake for 20 minutes at 2200C/4250F.

Bagel with Ricotta and Strawberries

Bagel with Ricotta and Strawberries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spread ½ toasted whole-grain “flat” bagel with 2 tbs fresh ricotta. Top with ⅓ cup sliced strawberries. Drizzle with 1 tsp honey.

Dark Chocolate and Nut Clusters

Dark Chocolate and Nut Clusters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mix together ¼ cup unsalted roasted nuts and 30grams melted dark chocolate (70 to 80 percent cocoa). Drop onto wax paper; refrigerate until set.

I hope you all enjoy these mouth-watering snacks as much as I do. So when you reach for all those unhealthy treats we all love, but we know are not good for us, remember that there are some tremendous healthy, scrumptious and inexpensive snacking alternatives. Share your own snack recipes with us all, we would love to hear from you!

- Lisa

Jet-set your way to study success!

For regular readers of my blogs posts, I’m sure that my wanderlust comes as no surprise.  Everything I do can usually be related to the adventure, excitement and cultural experiences of international travel and my university study is no different.  Traveling has, in fact, set me up to be a successful student.

tokyo skyline

Let me explain…

When I travel, I often find myself immersed in cultures that I’m unfamiliar with.  I’m also often surrounded by people speaking a language that I have limited or no knowledge of.  Needless to say, the experience can be both exciting and daunting at the same time.  It’s kind of the way you feel as a student sometimes.  You know, you’re so excited at the beginning of semester as you log into StudyDesk, only to find lectures and readings that don’t make immediate sense to you.  They’re loaded with technical and discipline-specific words that you’re unfamiliar with and you feel a little out of your depth.  For all intents and purposes, the readings and course notes could be written in a foreign language with the amount of sense that they make to you on that first day.  But just as I find in the foreign countries I travel within, it slowly becomes clearer and you learn more and more each day.  In the end, you’re left wondering how it could have ever felt foreign to you because you now speak in that ‘foreign’ language yourself and it all feels like second nature.

Signpost

So now you know what I mean about travel setting me up for study success, right?  Those skills I’ve learned from years of travel are highly relevant and have prepared me to be the best student I can be.  The similarities between study success and travel don’t end there though.  My international jaunts have also taught me how to fight through my tiredness and pull an ‘all-nighter’ when I have to.  You know, you arrive in another country that’s many hours behind the time zone you just came from, meaning that you won’t get sleep until nightfall in your new location – many hours later than what it is in the time zone your body clock is working on.  That ‘all-nighter’ (or more typically, ‘half-nighter’) is a skill I’ve had to utilise a few times when fighting the clock to smash out assignment amazingness.

Uni student thinking

I’ve met a lot of different people in my many years as a travel junkie and I think it would be safe to say that no two people have been exactly the same.  Whether or not an individual appears to be better or worse off than me, the constant is that I can learn something from each and every one of them.  It’s our uniqueness that sets us apart and that same uniqueness that provides an opportunity for learning.  I’ve found the exact same with my study.  Each and every student I’ve ‘met’ and studied with (all online) has helped me to learn and progress in my study.  The collaborative effort and encouragement has been invaluable and set me up for the success that I’ve achieved thus far.

So you see, being a successful student doesn’t mean you have to sit behind your computer, buried behind a wall of textbooks day in, day out.  You can get out there and travel the world knowing that your experiences will set you up to be an awesome student too.  Happy travels!