MORE TIME: University student Hayden Herson no longer has to travel 420km per week to study.
MORE TIME: University student Hayden Herson no longer has to travel 420km per week to study. Contributed

Imagine travelling 400km a day to study

UNIVERSITY student Hayden Herson used to travel almost 500km three days a week just to make it to class.

The bachelor of business student spent his first year at the University of the Sunshine Coast making a 420km round trip from home to the Sippy Downs campus, but is now able attend lectures and tutorials in Hervey Bay.

He said his reaction to the campus transfer from the University of Southern Queensland to USC was "happiness and relief".

 "Last year I would be at university from 11am to 7pm," Hayden said.

"I would wake up at 7am, start driving at 8am, drive for two and a half hours and return home around 10pm."

He said spending 15 hours a week on the road cut into his study time

"Theoretically, I now have an extra five hours on the uni days and I plan to spend that time for educational purposes," he said.

He said for him, learning online wasn't the best option.

"I have never been a fan of online teaching because, for me, face-to-face has always been a more effective method of learning," he said.

Hayden's family had planned to relocate to the Sunshine Coast last year.

However, when that proved challenging, Hayden opted to condense his study timetable into two or three days a week. 

Hayden is now able to complete his Bachelor of Business degree at USC Fraser Coast and hopes the study program will help him secure his dream job as a sports statistician.


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