Juggling work and study pays off
11 JUNE 2013
When Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Ontario graduand Ms Andrea Topic is presented with her Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies (BECS) it will conclude four years of juggling motherhood, work and study. Ms Topic is one of more than 230 CSU students who will graduate in a ceremony at the Burlington Convention Centre on Friday 14 June and her inspiration for returning to study, her daughter Lauren, will be in the crowd. “It has been difficult working full time and studying but I feel that I actually got more out of the program by being able to practice and reflect on my work each day,” said Ms Topic. “I was also able to use my own kindergarten classroom in much of my research, which made the research experiences more authentic for me. I believe strongly in my role as an advocate for social justice for children and my education from Charles Sturt University has provided me with academic arguments to support the passion.” The graduation ceremony will see 10 Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies (BECS) and 160 Bachelor of Primary Education Studies (BEPS) graduands receive their awards, along with distance education students.