Fledgling engineer shows Gladstone can be springboard for success

Published:15 July 2013

Reuben Smith

CQUniversity Engineering student Reuben Smith has shown that Gladstone Campus can be a springboard for success.

He's not only gained support from an Australian Power Institute (API) bursary, a NRG Engineering Study Scholarship and a Queensland Alumina Ltd Engineering Scholarship.

Reuben's latest boost comes from his successful application for CQUniversity's Outbound Student Mobility Program, meaning he will be jetting off to study at Buffalo State College in New York State from August 18 onwards.

"Having done well in my first-year studies, I spent a long time thinking about how I can further myself as both a student and an individual; and this program sounded like the perfect way to do this," he says.

"Although I had pushed it to the back of my mind for most of last year in order to focus on engineering, I realised that before I know it, my time at university will be over and I will be out in the workforce with no real option to partake in such a wonderful program.

"I have always been interested in the American college life and the way in which American university students live, work, study and socialise. I'll be continuing my mechanical engineering studies while experiencing a different culture.

"I'm glad that all the course aligning, subject choice, university selection and other tedious tasks are over; meaning that I've been able to focus on the more trivial matters like applying for a visa and booking my flights."

Reuben says he initially considered a full-year exchange program but he wanted to be back in Australia to start his first engineering Co-op work placement early next year. He has already had a taste of the workplace thanks to a vacation placement at NRG in Gladstone.

His API bursary will also open up the chance to develop practical, real-world skills through paid vocational employment with API member companies.



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(Click on image thumbnail to see full-size image) Reuben Smith - looking forward to his overseas experience