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Date published: 15 November 2011

Open Universities Australia is delighted to announce student Tessa Gutierrez as the winner of the OUA 'Class of 2011' YouTube competition.

Launched in July of this year, the competition called for students to upload video testimonials about their study experience with OUA, with the videos judged on its creativity, originality and demonstration of their personal OUA story. The competition was an overall success, with a total of 25 competition entries, over 21,000 video views and submissions from domestic and international students, including teenagers, parents, and even a circus acrobat.

Gutierrez, who is in the final stages of completing a Bachelor of Internet Communications with Curtin University, sent in a touching video describing how studying online has allowed her to continue work as an instrumental percussion tutor. Gutierrez also talks about her joy at being able to travel around Australia and overseas while studying towards her degree.

"During my travels, I was able to complete uni work and submit my assignments. If I studied on campus, frequent travelling would not be possible. With OUA, I can study anywhere at any time."

She also speaks honestly about why she decided to branch out and obtain her degree.

"Right now, you're probably thinking why? Why are you back at uni? Sure, I have a great job, but life has to be lived. There is still so much to learn, so much to see, so much to do. With OUA, I can study, work and enjoy life all at the same time."

As the winner of the competition, Gutierrez will be receiving a brand new MacBook Pro.

OUA would also like to congratulate the 3 runners up Laura Hall, Kathy Bloomfield and Candace Garam, who will each receive an iPad2 for their creative video testimonials.

The top 4 entries can be viewed on the OUA YouTube channel at and will be available until the end of November.