'I have become particularly interested in infectious disease trends and pre-hospital emergency medicine...'
Studying towards a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Public Health and Society and Policy
Optical Assistant, Specsavers
Volunteer, St John New Zealand
Seeing UC’s Health Sciences degree and the rising demand for people in the industry inspired Julia to give her passions a go at university.
‘I have always had an interest in health, although I didn't pursue it straight away,’ she says. ‘This degree grabbed my interest as I wanted to get into the health industry without doing a clinical degree, so it seemed like a great choice!’
Going towards double majors, Julia has found the mixture to give her a lot of freedom in choosing courses that she finds ‘super interesting’. A particular highlight was a field trip to Hanmer Springs to learn about rural health in New Zealand.
‘I find all of the subjects and papers very interesting, and I could take other non-relevant papers which I took an interest in. All the lecturers are so lovely and easy going and are always there if I need to ask questions.’
Julia received an invitation to the International Golden Key Honours Society for her academic results. As such, one service she highly recommends other students use is the Academic Skills Centre.
‘When I first started University I took advantage of the Academic Skills Centre classes that they offer to help build skills such as report and essay writing, it was awesome and really helped me with my assignments.’
Her aim was to also get involved in UC’s social scene, including taking part in events like Tea Party and ENSOC BBQs.
Outside of UC, Julia is gaining experience for her Health Sciences study with Specsavers optometrists and volunteering with St John ambulances, and hopes to build on these towards a future career.
‘Ultimately I would like to work in the health field,’ she says. ‘I have become particularly interested in infectious disease trends in population health, and also pre-hospital emergency medicine through my volunteer work at St John.’