Uni Hub Port Pirie hosts orientation sessions ahead of term two

INTAKE: Uni Hub Spencer Gulf Port Pirie campus students Karen Spry, left, with Amelia Adams. Both students were among four others who attended the orientation sessions.
INTAKE: Uni Hub Spencer Gulf Port Pirie campus students Karen Spry, left, with Amelia Adams. Both students were among four others who attended the orientation sessions.

Uni Hub Spencer Gulf, Port Pirie campus held an orientation session for incoming students to help prepare them for their future studies.

The students are completing a Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS) program before they commence their chosen degree pathway through partner CQUniversity.

The courses are offered online through distance education and the Uni Hub provides a space students can access for support.

Uni Hub Port Pirie student Karen Spry lives on a farm in Beetaloo and said tertiary education was never really an option as it meant she would have to relocate to Adelaide.

"The Uni Hub idea is just brilliant ... it means that people have access to courses that they couldn't do otherwise," Ms Spry said.

"It is so convenient ... to do any University study I would have to leave my farm and travel to Adelaide and try to fit work and life around University."

Ms Spry said she is torn between two degrees - social work and psychology - which are both offered through CQUniversity.

"I was talking with my husband and he said do the one which you will find the most enjoyable and it was really great advice," she said.

"If I really enjoy it I know I will get good marks and I will probably enjoy that profession as well, instead of doing a degree in something and finding out I really don't like the work."

Ms Spry said she is looking forward to commencing her studies and has a strong message for anyone who might be considering furthering their education.

"Stop considering, start doing," Ms Spry said.

"Don't base decisions on fear or how am I going to get a job afterwards.

"Do something that you really enjoy and then the work will flow on from there.

"It can be very amazing when you open yourself up to new opportunities."

For Uni Hub Port Pirie student Amelia Adams after she graduated from Mid North Christian College last year, she is looking forward to getting stuck into her studies.

"I started in TAFE at the start of the year and then found out about the opportunity to study here," Ms Adams said.

"I am looking forward to gaining an insight into being here and being able to study in Pirie rather than having to go to Adelaide."

Like many young people, Ms Adams has grown up in Port Pirie and wanted to have access to tertiary education a lot closer to home.

"I have lived in Port Pirie my whole life, so I didn't want to move away to Adelaide to study," she said.

Ms Adams is encouraging anyone who is thinking about studying to give the Uni Hub a go.

"If you're thinking about it just go for it," she said.

EXCITED: Uni Hub Spencer Gulf Port Pirie students at their orientation session. The students are looking forward to commencing their students.

EXCITED: Uni Hub Spencer Gulf Port Pirie students at their orientation session. The students are looking forward to commencing their students.

Uni Hub Port Pirie coordinator Kim Gregory said the sessions are an important part of introducing the students to the campus and it's expectations.

"We will go through Uni Hub expectations around student behaviour, policies and procedures of the Uni Hub, general information around the staffing, why we are here and the support that we can provide," she said.

"Even though they are an online student, they still have access to everything they would have if they were an on-campus student."

Ms Gregory said Uni Hub students have been fortunate throughout the coronavirus crisis as there was no major disruption to their learning.

"The coronavirus hasn't had any affect on the students who study with us because they are used to distance or online learning," she said.

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