CQUni Knows Tony

Get to know Tony

My name is Tony and I am completing a Bachelor of Professional Communication via distance education at CQUniversity.

I entered the Professional Communication degree as a mature-aged student, having previously worked as a hydraulic engineer. I never really enjoyed working in an office, I’m a bit of a lone wolf and I usually prefer to do my own thing and writing leaves you to your own devices and lets you pursue whatever interests you. I initially came back to study digital media but I very quickly realised that I wasn’t the best with computers, the Professional Communication degree had subjects which overlapped with design and they clicked with me a lot more. There is so much diversity within writing which allows me to personalise what I produce and I can go in so many different directions. I need a lot of diversity because I tend to get bored and stagnant doing one thing.

I love writing articles which are a little bit more obscure, it could be about anything as long as I don’t get stuck in a rut or a routine. Unless it’s basketball, which is my biggest passion; I could always write about it but then again I guess it is always changing and updating. It’s one of those subjects which will never not be interesting to me.

I wouldn’t choose to be anywhere else. You’re never a small fish, you get so much one-on-one time with your teachers and fellow students. I’m a bit of a closeted person but studying again has been a real eye-opener, I get to mix with so many people I would never have met on the street. If I ever was to do further study I would definitely do it at CQUniversity. I have great support from my lecturers and the freedom to be myself here. I like to do a lot of alternative writing and although I’m quite good at the academic side of writing, I like to personalise it and work from my own angle here. I’m able to be completely myself while still following the traditional tertiary structure.

The support I’ve received from my teachers has been amazing. When I first started as a mature-aged student I really doubted myself and my ability to take up full-time study again. Early on I was almost on the brink of giving up but my senior lecturer was really supportive of me and talked me into sticking it out. And I’m so glad I did. Since then I have gone on to become a member of both the International Laureate Program and the International Honour Society. I would never have thought that it was possible when I started out.

I would say that CQUniversity has taught me a lot. A big part of why I like it is that you’re able to learn the craft and the skills you need to become a writer and once you understand the rules you’re encouraged to break the mould. It’s important to know all the rules before you’re able to break them.