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Joshua Martin, Former CDU student

‘‘The student to teacher ratio at Charles Darwin University (CDU) allows increased contact time in comparison to other larger universities” Joshua Martin

Former CDU student, Joshua Martin studied a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Politics and History) and is currently working for the Northern Territory Government in Policy Development. He tells us about his keys to success.

Why did you want to study at Charles Darwin University?

I really enjoy living in the tropics and the Territory lifestyle is great, so I was happy to stay in Darwin and study at CDU in that respect. I also made a conscious choice to study at CDU given the strength of its Humanities and Social Sciences schools.  

What are your career aspirations?

I have a strong interest in Indigenous Affairs, and I would do well to pursue that through a career with the NT Government. I am also developing a passion for International Relations; more specifically, the competing interests of the United States, China and other global 'contenders'. There may be opportunities to move into academia should I pursue my studies further.

What’s your greatest achievement so far?

A profound sense of satisfaction and accomplishment comes with the completion of an undergraduate degree. However, a university education really taught me how much more there is to learn. I have been prepared to meet real challenges and achieve solid results in the workplace because of the skills I developed at CDU.

What are your interests?  

I like going to the movies, and red wine. I am also attending self defence classes.

What are the key things that have helped you through your studies?

I benefited from the support of family and friends during my studies. The lecturers at CDU were really helpful in terms of discussing ideas and approaches, and reworking papers to achieve good results. In the end, however, I found that a person’s success at university boils down to dedication and commitment. I worked hard to stay focussed on academic success.

What were the best aspects of studying with CDU?

The University community is friendly and laidback, and I liked being able to catch up with a lecturer over coffee between classes. At CDU, students can discuss ideas with some of the best lecturers in their respective fields and be on a first name basis with them. 

How did the services and facilities provided by the University meet your expectations?

The facilities at CDU are first rate. I benefited most from the library facilities and the University bookshop. The sporting facilities and university gym are also good and in terms of campus culture, something interesting is always happening.

Any tips/words of wisdom for prospective students?

I would suggest that new students have a good sense of what it is they want to get out their studies. And always pursue your personal interests through your studies – this way you have better chance of a fulfilling career.