Local CQUniversity student Eric Wu has always aspired to make a tangible difference in the lives of others, now he is on the right track after enrolling in a Bachelor of Allied Health.
With the help of CQUniversity’s STEPS program and support from university staff Eric’s goal is to become an occupational therapist.
“This career path represents both a great honour and rewarding opportunity to support patients and clients in finding meaning and identity, despite the obstacles and challenges they face,” Eric said.
“In the future, I hope to give back to our society and create a positive cycle through many generations to come.”
As an immigrant, Eric said his path to higher education had not been without its hurdles.
Filled with self-doubt due to his background and language proficiency, he initially believed tertiary education might not be an option for him.
“I felt at a disadvantage given that I did not graduate from an Australian high school and English is my second language,” Eric said.
“Things took a significant turn when I discovered CQUniversity’s enabling course, Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS).
“Through STEPS, I not only familiarised myself with CQU's systems but also gained a profound understanding of the expectations and study techniques required at a university level.”
Upon successful completion of STEPS, Eric applied for direct entry into his undergraduate course.
Now mid-way through the first term of his allied health degree, Eric said he was grateful for the program as it eased his transition into higher education.
“While studying abroad, I am isolated from my family,” Eric said.
“A lack of their support has had a big impact on me, however, I am focused, hardworking and determined to succeed.
“I am grateful for STEPS because it has not only equipped me with the necessary knowledge and skills to embark on undergraduate studies but has played a pivotal role in boosting my confidence, providing a clear picture of university life.
“It also helped me to establish a strong support network with my classmates and build long-lasting friendships.”
With the support of CQU staff, teachers and peers, Eric said he was encouraged to apply for the variety of scholarships and bursaries the university had available.
Eric was successful in receiving a CQUniCares GWI Scholarship, which provides recognition and financial assistance to a deserving bachelor’s degree student in financial need.
“STEPS looks after their students like a family,” he said.
“The Bundaberg Access Coordinator Hermina Conradie always goes above and beyond, providing weekly motivational classes that develop an academic mindset, create networks for self-help, and encourages us to apply for scholarships.
“When I first found out I would be receiving a scholarship I was speechless! I also felt a sense of great relief for my future.”
Eric said he was able to reduce his work shifts to focus on his studies thanks to the support of the CQUniCares GWI scholarship.
The CQUniCares Scholarship program changes lives and CQUniversity is grateful to partner with organisations like GWI who share the University’s passion for making a difference in the lives of our students, their families and our communities.
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