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Meet 5 high school grads who stayed local and love it

This article appears in: High school to uni
CDU student Muriel Scholz smiling at the camera

Considering your options for study after high school? If, like so many other Territorian teenagers you’re considering whether to stay home or head south, meet others just like you who chose local.

Drew realised everything he needed was right here in the NT

CDU student Drew Whitehouse smiling at the camera surrounded by trees

“I figured I didn't have to force myself to go somewhere radically different to somewhere I was more familiar with in order to be challenged,” says Drew, who’s started his studies with CDU’s free Tertiary Enabling Program, and is now studying to become a teacher and living on campus. “Making new friends has been a blast, as well as learning to take care of myself and having more time to myself,” he says.

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Muriel’s making a heap of new mates

CDU student Muriel Scholz smiling at the camera

Katherine girl and Health Science student Muriel made the move to Darwin. “It’s a community I feel comfortable and proud to be a part of,” she says. “I have met many people and made many memories and meaningful friendships.

“I have an abundant social network that stems from a community of students living on campus and reaches out into the classroom. I have access to endless resources - from our library, to the staff, to our online databases.”

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Max stayed home to see the world

CDU student Max Stretton against the backdrop of a big city

Darwin High graduate and Law student Max reckons studying in Darwin was the biggest and best decision of his life so far. “I’ve gained legal experience over and above many others studying interstate.

“Not only does CDU offer great overseas study options, they also create opportunities that are really accessible to students, unlike universities down south,” says the globe trotter, who studied abroad in China and Indonesia before spending a year at the NT Supreme Court.

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Reema’s reaping the rewards of industry connections

Reema smiling with her colleagues

“Staying local meant I could have a lot less financial stress and more time to get into the local industry,” says Information Technology student Reema. Friends assumed she would make the logical choice to 'head down south’, this self-proclaimed 'local Darwin girl' had other ideas.

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Emmanuel’s embracing flexibility

CDU student Emmanuel Giannikouris smiling at the camera

“CDU’s flexibility means I can study online or on campus, so if I don’t make a class, everything is recorded and I can catch up later. So, if you’re working full-time, you can study in your free time,” says Exercise and Sports Science student Emmanuel.

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