Josh Marquez is nineteen years old, and he is now a year into a Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management) at William Blue. He’s a hard worker who’s passionate about his career, but he also wants to go out and see the world, and get to play his favourite sport – cricket.
When the opportunity came up recently to go play cricket in the U.K as Tour Captain, he knew he couldn’t turn it down. He didn’t want to let down the team, but he didn’t want to put his studies on hold either.
“At the age of eighteen, this was a once in a lifetime experience for me. As a captain, I had to display my leadership skills in the form of courage, passion and discipline to set an example for thirty young men. While this is already a large responsibility for someone, I also had the responsibility of completing my college assessments and lectures.” – Josh Marquez
Josh was in a dilemma. How could he pursue both of the things he loves, without making a compromise?
He decided he needed some advice, so he took his problem to some of the teachers and student services staff at William Blue. They sat down with him and worked through his options.
“Before I started trimester two of 2017, I was contemplating studying online due to the fact I was going to miss four weeks of class. However, after speaking to student services and my lecturers and I was advised to download all the lecture notes onto my laptop and study whenever I had the chance.”
So, how did he manage?
Josh ended up taking a ‘blended learning’ option, which allowed him to complete some of his work online, as well as in the classroom. There are Course and Career Advisors on hand at William Blue, to help students figure out which ‘blend’ of online and face-to-face study suits their lifestyle.
“This blended study pattern allowed me to enjoy my time overseas playing the sport I love. With the mixture of both on campus and online components, studying at William Blue became easier and there was no longer as much pressure. This was such a relief, as I could travel and still complete heavily weighted assessments, which would later affect my final mark.”
As Josh discovered, there are many different ways to learn in life.
While on his trip, Josh was able to do some research into the hospitality industry in the UK. Plus, he learned some important lessons about himself and what he’s capable of. These types of lessons are just as important as study.
“I learned to develop my leadership skills for my team. This helped me become patient, compassionate, and caring towards a large group while also having the aspects of discipline in my actions. This is also beneficial to my career, as it developed my future leadership skills.
I also saw my time overseas in the U.K and France as an opportunity to gain insights of the Hospitality industry, which I can apply towards my studies.
For example, I stayed in various types of accommodation with all levels of comfort. This allowed me to gain extra knowledge about a topic in the “Introduction to Visitor Economy,” as I received first hand experiences of different types of accommodation and levels of service.
If I had to describe this trip in a few words or less, I would say it was life-changing.”
Josh is now an active member in the William Blue student community. He’s co-president of the Student Representative Council (SRC), and he loves his studies.
“My experience of William Blue so far is awesome! I have made plenty of friends through the SRC, not only with colleagues, but also with other students who are not part of the SRC. William blue has allowed me to connect with so many people on different levels which would not be achieved at any other university.”
After graduation, Josh wants to get into hotel management, so he can build up some experience. His dream is one day to run his own business. With this attitude, he can do anything! Good on you, Josh.