Anry Rises early with the SUN to Join O Week at CQUniversity

Rockhampton’s Anry Van Zyl has extra confidence as she starts her CQUniversity Engineering degree, specialising in Mechatronics, thanks to an early taste of academic study through the Start Uni Now (SUN) program.

She is among thousands of new students who attended Orientation events at a dozen CQUni campuses across four states.

As always, O Week strikes a balance between learning the ropes and finding opportunities for fun, entertainment and social networking.

Orientation events for Term 1 2019 were held on CQUni campuses in Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Noosa, Perth, Rockhampton, Sydney and Townsville.

CQUni TAFE students started their 2019 programs in early February.

Despite juggling school and four Uni-level subjects alongside part-time work throughout her final years of high school at Cathedral College, Anry managed to secure an OP score of 1.

She said study techniques acquired through the SUN program, such as self-directed learning, also helped with her high school subjects.

The SUN program also provided early experience of assignment referencing and CQUni’s online support hub known as ‘Moodle’.

“I’m keen to major in Mechatronics, as I really enjoy coding, but I hope to get my PhD someday and go into theoretical physics,” she says.

Anry was born in Namibia in southern Africa before coming to Australia at the age of three.

She still speaks Afrikaans with her parents at home and is also fluent in Japanese, thanks to immersion program studies she started in primary school.

Start Uni Now (SUN) is a CQUniversity initiative that allows students in Year 10, 11 and 12 to study CQUniversity units whilst still in high school. Year 10 students are eligible for Term 3 (November) intake only.

High school students now have the opportunity to undertake their first Start Uni Now (SUN) unit at zero cost. The first unit free initiative applies to new students only. Unit resource costs such as textbooks still apply.

SUN students can enrol in a range of CQUniversity units, either on-campus (face-to-face) or by online study (online), and combine them with their regular high school work.

For more information on CQUniversity’s SUN program, visit

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