Meet CSU’s Dream Team – 5 minutes with Andrew Connell (Prospective Student Adviser)

Selecting which university to study with is a big decision. At Charles Sturt University (CSU), we’ve put together a dream team of prospective student advisers to guide you on this journey. As their title suggests, their role is to provide advice about all aspects of CSU – and help you achieve your dreams. Keep an eye on Insight over the coming weeks as we introduce you to the CSU dream team.

Introducing Andrew Connell
(CSU Prospective Student Adviser)

We sat down with Andrew Connell, Prospective Student Adviser at CSU, for a quick catch up. Taking up a post at CSU’s Wagga Wagga Campus, Andrew has worked closely with future and new CSU students for seven years and loves being the first point of contact on someone’s CSU journey.

1. What does a typical day look like for a prospective student adviser?

That’s one of the best things about my job – no two days are the same! Some days I have back-to-back student appointments where I advise future students on their study options, and other days I’m out travelling between CSU campuses and regional high schools, presenting roadshows and running on-campus events (things like MyDays and Welcome to Uni Days). My role involves making connections with high school students across the Riverina (places like Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Hay, West Wyalong, Temora and Young, plus everywhere in between). I also cover all the schools in the Canberra region. As I mentioned before, every day is different and I’m never bored!

2. What’s the best part of your job?

For me, it’s being able to go on a journey with our students. From making the initial connection with a future student at a school visit, career expo or face-to-face appointment, to watching them transition into a CSU student and running into them on campus – it’s so rewarding. A very close second would be seeing the excitement on a student’s face when they realise they have an offer from CSU.

3. If you went back to study, which degree would you pick and why?

This is a tricky one! CSU has so many awesome courses. I would say the Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management. Since starting with CSU, I have learned so much about this course. All the students studying this course seem to really enjoy it and there are plenty of job opportunities available.

4. Describe CSU in three words.

Fun, community and jobs.

5. What’s the best thing about studying at CSU?

The best thing about studying with CSU is definitely the hands-on experience you gain while studying. You’re not just learning theory – you’re putting important skills into practice before you graduate. I think it’s a brilliant way for students to jump headfirst into a career feeling confident and ready to take on the world.

6. What sets CSU apart from other unis?

Definitely the tight-knit student community. Lots of CSU students are from rural and regional areas and left home to study, meaning that the friendships built by our students are strong and supportive. Especially those who live on campus. The other difference is our graduate employment rate – CSU has the highest graduate employment rate in the country so students can feel assured that they are giving themselves the best opportunity to get a job at the end of their degree when they study with CSU!

7. What’s your favourite CSU facility to showcase to new students and why?

My favourite facility to show to future students is the Pre-Clinical Centre at the Wagga Wagga campus (also known as the PCC). The PCC is used by students studying agriculture, veterinary science, animal science, equine science and veterinary technology. My favourite part of the clinic is the animal skeleton museum, which includes things like a tigon (half-tiger/half-lion), kangaroo, koala and horse. The PCC also houses state-of-the-art labs used by students to dissect animals as part of their studies.

8. What CSU support service do you recommend all new students you engage with?

CSU offers heaps of student support services, including study assistance and advice. We have a dedicated team that helps our students with exam prep and essay writing. It’s a free service available to all students and I highly recommend it to all future students.

9. What makes CSU’s regional campuses so special?

I think the open spaces are amazing. All CSU campuses have plenty of space and a real rural feel about them. I think this makes our students feel comfortable and relaxed while studying, compared to studying in the hustle and bustle of a city.

Talk turkey with a Prospective Student Adviser

Want to chat with Andrew or one of our other Prospective Student Advisers about your study options at CSU? Too easy! You can book a one-on-one appointment via phone, Skype or in person at the CSU campus of your choice.