COUNTRY EDUCATION FOUNDATION LAUNCHES ITS ‘2015 STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE’ – A RURAL TERTIARY STUDENTS GUIDE TO LIFE,
THE UNI-VERSE AND EVERYTHING.
Over the next few weeks, thousands of young people throughout Australia will be embarking on a new life-changing experience – their University or College education.
They will also be facing a whole range of challenges beyond their studies – from finding a place to live and managing their own finances to testing their culinary skills.
CEO of the Country Education Foundation Australia (CEF) Ms Sarah Taylor, said the latest CEF Student Survival Guide was available free of charge (thanks to the generous support of Macquarie University, NSW) to help rural and regional students with many of the new challenges that come with moving out of home for the first time.
“The Guide is full of advice on everything the CEF and the students we support could think of, including how to manage the stresses of adjusting to a new environment and how to find employment, health and other services,” she said.
“Starting uni or college can be a challenge for anyone but on top of that rural and regional students have to leave home, set up and manage households and find part time work as well – it’s a huge transition for them.”
“The top five survival tips from students we’ve supported are:
• ‘Don’t stress – enjoy the changes’
• ‘Join in lots of activities to meet new people’
• ‘Don’t be too embarrassed to ask for help’
• ‘Manage your money,’ and
• ‘Learn how to cook!’”
Some of the CEF’s supporters in Federal Parliament have also pitched in with help on the culinary front and contributed their very own favourite student-friendly recipes.
“Our 2015 Guide includes recipes for Senator Bridget McKenzie’s Pumpkin Soup; Keith Pitt MP’s Spaghetti Bolognaise; Senator Penny Wright’s Vegetarian Sausage Rolls; Darren Chester MP’s ‘Mum’s hamburgers’ and Warren Entsch MP’s Bushman’s Sweet Curry.”
“We don’t have a test kitchen at the CEF, but the recipes come well-tested and highly recommended by our democratic representatives,” Ms Taylor said.
Ruth Tregale, Manager for Widening Participation (Social Inclusion) at Macquarie University said the University supported the Guide in order to improve opportunities for rural and regional students to make a successful transition to higher education.
“Macquarie University recognises the additional barriers facing rural and remote kids, including the increased costs of attending a university campus far away from home, and the impact of relocation on both the students and their families,” Ms Tregale said.
The CEF’s Student Survival Guide for 2015 is available online on the CEF’s website at cef.org.au
MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Taylor 0400 385 850
About the CEF
• The CEF is a national, not-for- profit organisation with a family of 42 volunteer-run foundations in rural NSW, QLD, NT and SA.
• We provide grants and other assistance to disadvantaged young people to help them access post school education, training and employment. Our grants cover education or work-related expenses such as text books, tools and work equipment, petrol, transport, accommodation, computers, internet access etc.
• We have partnerships with 20 universities and colleges which provide matched funding to our grant recipients who attend these institutions.
• Our CEF local foundations are run by volunteers in each community—they include a cross section of local people in business, agriculture, education, community organisations and local government.