Adversity, a holiday and graduation

1 JANUARY 2003

Personal adversity might hinder but rarely halts determination, and a CSU business student is an example of resilient persistence.

Personal adversity might hinder but rarely halts determination, and a Charles Sturt University (CSU) business student is an example of resilient persistence.
 
Ms Jane Boag, from Millthorpe, near Orange, will graduate from CSU in Bathurst on Friday morning 14 December, with a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from the CSU School of Management and Marketing.
 
Ms Boag’s mother died when she was six, and she subsequently helped to raise her younger sister.
In her final year of study at CSU in 2011, her father was diagnosed with a debilitating illness and she helped to care for him. This included regularly driving him to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney for tests and treatment.
 
She has also worked at two jobs, up to six days a week, at Mortimers of Orange vineyard cellar door in Orange on weekends, and at a real estate agency in Bathurst.
 
“When I left school I studied for a Diploma in event management and hospitality management at TAFE which gave me entry to the degree at Charles Sturt University and some credits towards my course. I worked in these fields throughout my studies,” Ms Boag said.
 
“I grew a lot personally by going to the University. I lived in a student share-house in Bathurst for a while and found the student life fantastic. I learned so much from the lectures and tutorials which were both instructive and great fun. It’s a very professional environment at Charles Sturt University, and I was treated as a person, not a number. This helped a lot when I travelled overseas.”
 
Ms Boag has recently returned from a three-month backpacking holiday in Europe where she visited 10 countries. Now that she has graduated, she’s seeking a professional role in which to use her new degree and skills.

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