CDU alumni Talea Cotte completed a Bachelor of Midwifery online from her home in Perth while raising three young children and working part-time. Upon finishing high school, Talea trained as a hairdresser but realised soon after the birth of her first baby that she wanted to become a midwife.
When Alicia Burrows gave birth, it wasn’t just her daughter that she fell in love with. It was also the idea of pursuing a new career as a midwife. Now she's juggling work, family and an online midwifery degree to make her dream a reality.
With a growing need for specialists in humanitarian aid, but faced with COVID-19 border closures, Mujiburrahman made the tough decision to leave his family at home in Indonesia to return to Australia and finish his PhD in humanitarian, emergency and disaster management.
Since her first visit to Darwin, Maggie was destined to pursue her passion with a teaching degree at CDU. Amidst COVID-19 border restrictions, she started her studies online in Hong Kong and later joined the first international student charter flight to Australia.
When Brittany started a science degree after year 12, she wasn’t convinced it was for her. But a two-year travel stint changed that. She returned home with a new-found awareness of environmental issues and came back to CDU to finish the science degree she’d started.
When COVID-19 struck, international student Heather was at home in China. She was preparing to study a Master's degree in accounting at CDU in Darwin when borders closed. Heather did not give in; instead, she started studying online.
Inspired by a hike on the Larapinta Trail, Joelene set out to pursue a career in environmental sciences. At 27 weeks pregnant, Joelene completed a three hour exam and now credits her daughter for keeping her on track.
Studying her master’s degree in occupational therapy, Malia’s set to fulfill her goal of becoming an occupational therapist. Study combined with personal life experience means she’ll be very well qualified.