University…remind yourself it’s an investment

Semester One Textbooks 2013

After spending at least $800 on textbooks and other supplies for 1st semester (including any prerequisites for the course such as first aid certification, police check etc) I am needing to remind myself that university is an investment!

As I stood in the university’s bookshop handing over way too much money for a bunch of books (see photo above), which at this stage I have no idea what half of them are on about, I found it difficult to see the bigger picture.

Once I got home, had a flick through these dense and physically heavy textbooks, I was able to reflect on the situation and even begin to get excited about what these expensive books mean to me. Although there will be times that I will complain about the financial cost involved with studying nursing, it is an investment that I am lucky to be making!

This pile of books, full of  facts and procedures, represent a valuable opportunity at this stage in my life. I have been given a place, as a mature age student, in a course that will allow me to gain a qualification which will give me good employment opportunities throughout my working life. As a nurse I will be able to help other people in a time of need and have a rewarding career as well.

Thankfully in Australia we have FEE-HELP* to help cover the cost of university course fees, so you don’t have to pay upfront for your course. I am benefiting from this and am grateful for this opportunity. However, I am also aware that not everyone chooses, or has, this opportunity to defer their course fees and do work very hard to pay their fees upfront.


*“FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible fee paying students pay all or part of their tuition fees. It cannot be used for additional study costs such as accommodation or text books.”



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