Dreaming of Antarctica

Young mother Carlie is busy earning an RMIT science degree, hoping to someday travel to Antarctica to examine the continent's ecology and biodiversity.

At just 28 years of age, with 3 bright-eyed and energetic children, Carlie is busy completing RMIT’s Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences) through OUA.

Carlie’s journey to a degree is jam-packed, and can certainly be hectic at times. She makes a living as an assistant manager at Tableland Hardware, and with hungry little mouths to feed, Carlie couldn’t imagine having the time to study on campus. The ability to study at a world-class uni, from the convenience of her home, is what Carlie loves about OUA.

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Carlie - Studied Science with RMIT University, through Open Universities Australia. 

Before the birth of her first daughter, Carlie had begun a degree on campus, and was used to the face-to-face learning experience. The thought of online study was intimidating at first, but Carlie was quickly surprised by her ability to learn without the physical presence of a teacher. “Now I actually enjoy it a lot,” says Carlie, “I can still do everything else I want to do in a day, and still fit in the study that I need to”. With only 2 subjects left to go, it won’t be long before Carlie launches her exciting new career in science.

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