"For 30 years I was an Enrolled Nurse working in hospitals and nursing homes. My passion was to become a Registered Nurse (RN), as this would enhance the knowledge and skills that would enable me to care for my patients in a holistic way.
To become an RN I needed to enrol into university and complete a 2 year course. The thought of university was daunting as I realised I had to learn another style of learning and culture. How would I cope? I head about the University Preparation Program, how it prepared you for university and that it wasn't costly to get in to. In 2004 at the age of 59, I enrolled into the UPP at the Cradle Coast campus in Burnie.
Being able to do the UPP put me in good stead for university life and education. With the staff at UPP guiding and encouraging me, I was able to become confident in my ability to become an RN. I graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Launceston campus. UPP gave me the start I needed for me to become the professional person I am. If I can, you can."
Susan participated in UPP in 1997. The following year, Susan transferred to the Hobart campus where she completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours in 2002, including a six month student exchange position at the University College of London. Susan completed her PhD in 2007, studying agricultural science, whilst tutoring for UPP at the Cradle Coast campus. Opportunities through UTAS has seen Susan volunteer for an Antarctic expedition, presenting her research findings in Peru, USA, New Zealand and the Czech Republic. Susan and her husband Jeremy live in Latrobe with three furry kids (Angie, George (dogs) and Freckle the cat). Currently Susan is employed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture working on water-use efficiency and sustainable vegetable production with the Natural Resource Management group.
"UPP is fabulous! The skills I have gained from the UPP units I completed in 1997 continue to be useful to me to this day."
"As my children were growing up I enjoyed helping them to learn and became very involved in their education. I have always had a passion for working with children and decided to return to study as a mature-age student to become a teacher.
I enrolled in the University Preparation Program (UPP) at the Cradle Coast campus in Burnie as I needed to upgrade my essay writing, research and thinking skills. During the program I also gained an understanding of how to use the University's IT system and became familiar with the University environment and culture. The UPP enabled me to establish the academic skills and confidence I needed to study successfully at tertiary level. It has saved me a lot of time and has allowed me to focus on the content of my degree.
I have now completed my first year of a Bachelor of Education. I am currently doing a Summer School unit relating to the teaching of science in the primary school and am enrolled in a philosophy unit for 2009. I love what I am learning at University and it is an amazing experience. My children have also benefitted from seeing me study. If you are thinking of returning to study I would recommend that you enrol in the UPP. You will be given the support you need and the program will prepare you to undertake, succeed and enjoy further study university."
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