Skills and Thrills celebrates and inspires students

Published:06 August 2020

International Student Health Promotion Coordinator Liza Costello designed Skills and Thrills to help students skill up and connect.

The diversity of CQUniversity students’ talents will be on show in Term 2, with new online workshops to connect and inspire.

Skills and Thrills is a free workshop series for CQUni students, designed by CQUniversity’s International Student Health Promotion Coordinator, Liza Costello.

Starting from Monday 10 August, Skills and Thrills features 20 beginner-level skills sessions to get students trying new things, in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Ms Costello said the presenters were all students with expertise in their field.

“The 20 student facilitators were chosen from 200 applications to host Skills and Thrills workshops, and they’ve also completed online facilitator training with CQUni,” she said.

In difficult times, with many students loosing their casual and part time employment, Skills and Thrills attempts to provide students with online facilitation capabilities to pursue other employment opportunities.

Ms Costello developed the Skills and Thrills series in response to student Health and Wellbeing survey, held after the national COVID-19 lockdown.

“Responses highlighted students’ interest in developing skills in leadership, technology and creativity. Another key finding was students’ heightened need for connection and interaction while studying at home – from this Skills and Thrills was born! she said.

Held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays over eight weeks, mainly one-hour sessions include everything from beginner ballet, to wine basics, how to make sushi at home, simple guitar chords, and even how to file a tax return.

Materials are also provided for some sessions, Eg: watercolours, piping bags for cupcake decorating, and succulents for gardening, with registration necessary for access.

Students can access the full schedule now at Not So Distant page on the MyCQU Student Portal.

“Whether it’s beatboxing, animation, or enneagrams, students are sure to find something they’ve always wanted to try, and plenty of other students in the same boat,” Ms Costello said.

Skills and Thrills workshops are proudly sponsored by Allianz Global Assistance. Visit to explore the full program of free online workshops, happening Monday 10 August to Monday 28 September 2020.