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Bachelor of Arts (International Studies)
Melody is a professional squash player who recently competed in her first World Open in Amsterdam. She is studying to complete the Bachelor of Arts (International Studies), planning to major in international relations, middle east studies and anthropology. Melody also has her sights set on an honours year. Melody chose this course because of the flexibility to study via distance education. Deakin was unique in this area. When she was applying, no other university offered the course she wanted in distance mode. In fact Melody was so certain that she wanted to go to Deakin that she only listed one preference through VTAC.
At the end of 2009, Melody had completed two years of study, and being able to study off campus has been pivotal in allowing her to compete and train without being hindered by university demands. While studying, Melody has managed to increase her world ranking by 77 places and she is now ranked in the 60s. Her first World Open event was scheduled in the middle of a time when a number of assessments were due. Melody says, 'my lecturers have always been understanding and have made numerous concessions in my assessment deadlines which have allowed me to travel and compete in numerous countries including Egypt, Netherlands, Malaysia, New Zealand, China and the US. Playing a sport full time is not only physically demanding but mentally as well, so it is a great opportunity to have something to study to balance everything out. I felt it was also important to have a career path to fall back on, in case my squash career does not work out.'
Melody is also active off the court and out of the lecturer theatre as she is a Deakin University Student Union representative. This role has allowed her to connect with other students from all walks of life and also enables her to contribute in a more meaningful way to university life.