Study, at the best of times, is often both challenging and rewarding. However, it's these challenges that make the reward greater. For oral health student Chloe Stevens, moving back into study from work life was a significant decision. It's a choice, though, she is happy she made.
"Transitioning from work to university life can be difficult; however, through perseverance and hard work, it can be achieved," Chloe says.
In 2015, Chloe made the decision to pursue her passion of becoming an oral health therapist. Instead of waiting for opportunity, she took the chance to enrol at Holmesglen.
"After working full-time as a dental nurse for five years, I was nervous about making the transition back to study. However, the academic staff at Holmesglen were very supportive and ensured that my transition was smooth," Chloe observes of her experiences.
While knowledge is important, it's also the environment you study in and the support network around you that help with your achievements. Chloe believes these factors contributed to her development.
"The highlight [so far] has been meeting such a diverse group of people who share the same passion for oral health. The lecturers are helpful, supportive, encouraging, and [also] passionate about each individual student's learning."
While studying the Charles Sturt University (CSU) degree, taught at Holmesglen, Chloe has used facilities such as the Chadstone simulation clinic to help her to work under real conditions. With placements offered at CSU clinical sites (primarily based around Albury-Wodonga and Wagga Wagga), Chloe is enthused by the chance to take the skills she has learned in the classroom into the clinic.
"Practical work in the simulation clinic has given me confidence and the knowledge to ensure I'm ready to start seeing patients in the second year of my degree. The equipment and tutors in the simulation clinic are fantastic, and I feel privileged to be learning in such an outstanding environment," Chloe says.