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4 reasons why university is worth it

Still unsure if university is for you or if it’s worth it? As someone who is the first person in your family to consider university, we understand that you may have some uncertainties and self-doubt about what university is all about. Take a moment to find out why university is worth it directly from other first in family students who have experienced the university journey first hand.

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4 reasons why university is worth it

  1. 1. 4 reasons whyuniversityisworthit. Hear it from current and past USQ students.
  2. 2. Being the first in your family to study at university, you’re likely to encounter a variety of emotions and self-doubt about study. Current and past USQ students share their stories and experiences and these 4 reasons will reassure you that undertaking university study is worth it.
  3. 3. You’ll gain increased self-confidence and self-growth Not only is your knowledge base growing through study, but so are you! You’re able to learn new things in classes, but there are so many transferrable skills that university courses can teach you. Take it from fellow first in family students, Ben and Andrea, the uni journey boasts the benefits of increased self-confidence and overall self-growth! Source: Ward, L, Siegel, M & Davenport, Z 2012, First Generation College Students, Jossey-Bass, United States, viewed 27 July 2016, <http://site.ebrary.com.ezproxy.usq.edu.au/lib/unisouthernqld/reader.action?docID=10580269&ppg=5>. 1
  4. 4. Since commencing study, I have felt empowered and more confident sharing my understanding of various topics with colleagues and friends, when previously I might have felt out of my depth and less willing to take part in those discussions. - Ben, Master of Business Administration
  5. 5. I’m the first to admit that I was really lost when I started my studies, but the more I’ve learnt, the more confident I’ve become in what I’m studying, who I am as a person and what my skills and talents are. I think there’s always a few twists and turns in everybody’s journey through uni, but you learn so much about yourself along the way. - Andrea, Bachelor of Communication
  6. 6. You’re working towards a stronger future No matter what originally motivates you to go to university, study will expand your career options and better your opportunities for success in your industry of choice. Did you know, USQ is the #1 university in Queensland for graduates in full-time employment?* *Graduate Destinations Survey, 2012-2014 2
  7. 7. You feel guilty, but then you think, ‘hang on, I’m doing this so that we can have a better life.’ - Roslyn, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Business
  8. 8. At the end of the day, if you don’t do it, no-one else is going to do it. You’re the only person who can. - Ricky, Bachelor of General Education Studies
  10. 10. You’ll have long-term benefits Not only are you expanding your career options, but you’re also increasing your earning capacity! An undergraduate qualification can increase your earning potential by more than $1 million over your lifetime*. *Cullen, S 2012, ‘Uni graduates likely to earn $1m more over lifetime’, ABC, 24 October, viewed 3 August 2016, <http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-24/uni-graduates-likely-to-earn-one-million-more-over-lifetime/4330506>. 3
  11. 11. No matter what your trouble is, there’s always a way to make it work. You don’t need to struggle by yourself, there’s always someone who can help you. - Tammy, Bachelor of Commerce
  12. 12. I wasn’t going to let any circumstance I faced inhibit my desire to complete uni… my friends and family helped keep me true to myself. I can honestly say that studying at uni has been an incredible experience and while it’s not quite over, I feel I have already come so far compared to the person I was when I started. - Mitch, Bachelor of Commerce
  13. 13. You’re taking the lead Being the first in your family to attend university makes you a leader. You’re opening doors for your loved ones to follow*. Chances are they are much more informed about now, and potentially considering study themselves! Source: O’Shea, S 2015, Filling up silences – first in family students, capital and university talk in the home’, International Journal of Lifelong Education, vol. 34, no. 2, viewed 27 July 2016, <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02601370. 2014.980342>. 4
  14. 14. As a younger sibling, I cannot thank my sister enough for going to university, as it allowed me to feel confident in pursuing tertiary studies and it was a great feeling to know that someone else had experienced what I was going through. - Katie, second in family to attend university
  15. 15. My family struggled to see the big picture in the beginning, but now they can, so it was worth it in the end. - Michelle, Bachelor of Nursing
  16. 16. UNIVERSITY IS WORTH IT If you’re still unsure about what you’ll get out of your uni degree, have a chat to one of our friendly SROs or check out other first in family student experiences on USQ’s Social Hub! CRICOS: QLD00244B  NSW02225M  TEQSA: PRV12081  31.2.6  08.2016  Graphics © Shutterstock  Photos © USQ Online Marketing social.usq.edu.au/fif The First in Family Project (Phase 2) is funded through the Commonwealth Government’s Higher Education Participation Program (HEPP) in 2016, to improve the access, participation and success of students from communities under-represented in higher education.