CSU puts $20 000 up for grabs

1 JANUARY 2003

CSU is giving prospective first-year students a chance to win $20 000 towards the cost of their living, study and accommodation expenses in the 'You + CSU' competition.

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is giving prospective first-year students a chance to win $20 000 towards the cost of their living, study and accommodation expenses in the 'You + CSU' competition.
 
The competition, now in its second year, asks entrants to upload a video describing what their ultimate CSU experience would be like.
 
Last year's winner, Mr Stuart Dundas, earned the major prize with a parody video music video in which he rapped about why CSU was the place for him.
 
Now at the end of a successful first year of university life, Mr Dundas encouraged this year's entrants to focus more on the spirit of the competition than technical proficiency.
 
"I’m studying nursing at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst," he said.
 
"So it's not about your technical expertise in making the video. It’s about creativity and capturing the sense of what you’d like to get out of your time at university."
 
Mr Dundas, who hopes to eventually work as a nursing officer in the Australian Defence Force, said his prize had covered all his accommodation costs and paid for text books, travel and other expenses.
 
"I moved to Bathurst from Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains," he said.
 
"Living on campus has been an incredible experience. You meet so many new people and form some great friendships.
 
"The university course-work has been harder than the work at high school, but the lecturers and tutors have all been great and there is plenty of support. If you work hard, you’ll get through it."
 
Entries for the competition are now open to all Australian school leavers and TAFE graduates from 2010, 2011 or 2012 who intend to begin their first university degree, full-time, on campus at CSU next year.
 
Along with the $20 000 first prize, the winner will be awarded the role of CSU Digital Ambassador for 2013.
 
Mr Dundas said he would encourage prospective students to get involved.
 
"It's 100 per cent worthwhile getting an entry in," he said.
 
"The most important part about first year for students studying on-campus is to put yourself out there and meet people, get involved and make friends.
 
"This competition is a great way to get started, so grab a camera or Smartphone and start shooting."
 
More details are available from the CSU website. Entries are open until Sunday 9 December.

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