Life as a Gladstone student

Hello to all!  My name is Phill Crowe I am a second year civil engineering student at CQUniversity Gladstone.  Last year I was privileged enough to be selected as a recipient of the QRC Scholarship and subsequent ambassadorial program  which brings me to why I am writing this blog for you today.  This is my first of many entries documenting my progress as a student, a person and most importantly, professional in the industry sector of Queensland.  Over the coming years I hope to share with you my experiences as a student and offer what advice I can to assist in your own pathways wether the be similar to my own or the complete opposite .  But firstly I would like to recognise and thank QRC for giving me this opportunity to share my story.


I was told to keep this short and sweet so that's what I'll try and do.  I am not what most would consider the average university student but I am here to tell you that there are many pathways that lead to the same career.  As a majority of my friends said their farewells and left for larger cities and universities I began my pathway.  I opted instead to stay at home and study at the local CQUniversity campus in Gladstone.  Gladstone is a unique place to live and study.  It is currently one the fastest growing industrial centres in QLD, everywhere you look there are new projects being built and new people flooding into this rapidly evolving community.  I was born in Gladstone and have lived here the majority of my life, this has given me the opportunity to watch as the city grows and changes around me, possibly sparking my interest and leading me to the career path I have chosen in engineering. 


The city itself greatly effects how I live my personal university life.  For me there are no college parties, no massive lecture theatres and never a lecture with more than 20 people in the room.  While some people would see this as completely unappealing I have come to enjoy my idea of university life.  With less distraction it is easier to focus on the future and get what I really want out of the degree as I study.  Gladstone also poses unique advantages for a student studying a career in the industrial sector.  An example of this is the degree that I am studying, Bachelor of Engineering/ Co- Op Diploma of professional practice.  The proximity of such industry gives a unique opportunity for the merging of study and experience with the diploma of professional practice offering students like myself 12 months full work experience as part of the degree. 


Sure I miss out on all the parties and city life but it is truly a beautiful place to live and study and offers great opportunities both professional and leisurely if you have the smarts to see it.  I guess what I'm trying to say is don't get caught up in the hype and just go along with the crowd, have a look around you and really think about what you want and what you have to do to get it.  

Gladstone Marina

Author thumbnail Phillip Crowe As a civil engineering student at CQUniversity, I am enjoying the challenges presented to me in uni life and the great opportunities so far!