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Luke Sondergeld’s ‘can-do approach’ makes him stand out from the crowd

Luke Sondergeld’s ‘can-do approach’ makes him stand out from the crowd

Published:28 September 2017

CQUniversity Diploma of Nursing student Luke Sondergeld's passion for mentoring has led him to assist over 50 of his peers over the past 18 months.

CQUniversity Diploma of Nursing student Luke Sondergeld's passion for mentoring has led him to assist over 50 of his peers over the past 18 months.

Luke claimed the secret to becoming a reputable mentor was the ability to relate and connect with students.

“During my time at CQUniversity, I have become a member of the Student Representative Council and the Student Participation and Retention Committee and, have been instrumental in the implementation of the Peer Assisted Support Scheme for all TAFE students,” he admitted.

“I want to ensure my contribution as a mentor makes a student’s academic experience a little less stressful and more memorable.”

“In order for CQUniversity to move forward with its slogan ‘Dare to Be Different’, staff and students must share with others their successes.

We all get bogged down with study and work, but if you take the time to lend a hand, the benefit to is immeasurable.”

Luke said he found his calling for helping others after he experienced a life-threatening medical emergency in early 2016.

“I spent an extended stay in hospital with an infected bowel pouch that had raptured into my abdominal cavity,” he said.

“I had no less than eight emergency room visits and spent 13 hours in the operating theatre.”

“The nurses who helped me during these tough times, along with their knowledge and prowess, influenced me to enrol in a Diploma of Nursing.”

Luke said he chose to study with CQUniversity for a number of reasons including its reputation, locations and flexible study options.

“My academic experience has been fantastic so far – the teaching staff are knowledgeable and maintain a professional attitude,” he claimed.

“I am nearing the completion of my Diploma studies, but I wish to commence a Bachelor of Nursing in 2018.”

“It will be great to add my qualifications to an already long list of life achievements – husband, father of two (soon to be three), a blogger and scout leader.”

Luke’s main message to his peers, and those people who wish to study nursing, is ‘go for it’.

“The Diploma of Nursing is a great way to learn the basics and the qualification allows a person to work as an Enrolled Nurse while studying for the Bachelor,” he said.

“The university journey can become overwhelming at times, but CQUniversity’s student committees offer ample support to all VET, Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.”

To become a student mentor today, visit https://www.cqu.edu.au/student-life/new-students/student-support/student-mentors