Student story – Sam Hinchcliffe
01 Mar 2023
After a few failed attempts at university in engineering and geology, he decided that teaching high school biology or chemistry would be a great career path for him.
Why did you choose your degree and what do you enjoy the most about it?
After a few failed attempts at university in engineering and geology, I figured out that teaching high school biology or chemistry would be a great career path for me. I did double biology in my HSC in Canberra. Teaching was offered in Port Macquarie as I wanted to do Face to face learning as it keeps you more accountable. The CUC has benefited me by giving me a place close to home to get in my readings and assignments.
What has been your learning journey to date?
Completed my HSC in Canberra where I studied Biology, math methods, engineering, chemistry and biology. I started out doing an engineering degree as everyone else was doing it, but I didn’t enjoy it as there was too much math involved. I went back to University in 2022 when I moved to South West Rocks.
How important is having the CUC in your local town to you and why?
Staying the Macleay Valley for the lifestyle, I love the beaches at South West Rocks which can get distracting from study. The CUC is great as it’s good to be somewhere that’s quiet with less distractions.
Are there any specific challenges that you face as an online regional student? How does the CUC help you overcome these challenges?
Traveling to campus for class is to expensive, making it a challenge because you have no chance to study with other people.
What advice would you give to other regional and rural people who are considering higher education?
Teaching is a good career as it creates a path to make a positive impact. Consistency is key, to staying on top of everything.