Studying online is solution to getting your dream degree
CHLOE Haynes knew moving away from her home town of Moranbah to study her dream degree wasn't for her.
Once Miss Haynes had arrived at Martin College's Brisbane campus, she realised she wanted to return home last year.
She said studying online for her Diploma of Graphic Design degree allowed her to be with her family and partner.
"I wasn't happy with living in the city," Miss Haynes said.
"It was tough to move away.
"At the time Martin College didn't have online study so I was looking at TAFE and other colleges.
"But I talked to the director who said they were going ahead with online studies."
Miss Haynes said she loved the lifestyle online education offered her.
"It's great as I'm still able to work and fit studying in around my lifestyle," she said.
"I'm also working on designing invitations as well as a bit of freelance work.
"At the moment I'm doing part-time administration work."
Studying online was never her first choice, she said.
"I think studying online is overlooked," Miss Haynes said.
"I overlooked it.
"People should look at their lifestyle and see how study fits in to decide which type of study suits them.
"They should look at whether they want to be on campus or study online.
"I've found studying online is more beneficial."
Miss Haynes said she expected to finish her degree by November.
"It's still the same workload, but the degree just takes a bit longer," she said.
"If you're working on material and want to ask a question you have to write it down and send it off. So it can be hard not having direct one-on-one contact."
Once she graduates Miss Haynes plans to work as a graphic designer for a company while also doing freelance work.
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