CSU GRADUATION: Degrees arm students for changing times

THERE’S no place like home for Lucy Brown — but now it’s time to fly the coop.

The nursing graduate was among those receiving their degrees yesterday at Charles Sturt University’s final graduation ceremony of the year.

And although this chapter has barely finished, she’s already on to the next one — moving to Melbourne for a graduate position in The Austin hospital’s emergency and renal departments.

“It’s full-on, and slightly overwhelming,” she said after the ceremony.

“But I’ve got heaps of support from my partner and family.”

The young Albury woman said she had had no difficulty choosing to stay local for her university education.

“It was easy to stay at home and keep working here,” she said.

“CSU was very caring and supportive, too.”

Fellow graduate Jack Fry, who received a degree in applied science — focusing on parks, recreation and ecology — has found himself in a slightly different position.

He moved to Albury from Bathurst for his course and now he’s hoping to stay.

“A lot of people have to leave the nest, so to speak, to experience other people and philosophies,” he said.

“You get a broader picture — and that’s kind of what my degree was about, too.”

For mum-of-three Jane Lloyd, returning to study was about changing direction altogether.

She and her family moved to Albury from Sydney for “a tree-change” but she soon found there was little call for her hospital scientist skills.

So, she chose to retrain as a nurse as a way of seeking a way back to the research sector.

“It’s been challenging at times, but I’ve had very good family support,” she said.

“I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet that I’ve finished.”

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