'I love the University of Canterbury. It's my second home...'
Bachelor of Arts in Human Services with a Minor in Psychology
Studying towards a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Human Services
'Inspiring' courses and 'awesome' lecturers at UC have confirmed for Suzana that she would like a career in counselling.
'The thing I enjoy most about my degree is the lecturers,' she says. 'They are helpful, friendly and supportive – you couldn't find better people. The papers I have chosen are also very inspiring and I have learned a lot.'
A childcare worker at Cholmondley, a volunteer counsellor and mother of two, Suzana initially wanted to go to university to study child psychology.
'By the second year, however, I started to focus more on Human Services, and in my honours year, I found out that I really want to continue with the Master of Counselling. I am really happy with that decision. It took me a while to find out what I really want, but now I feel I am on the right track.'
Suzana was set to attend university in Wellington, where her son was planning to go when, after he changed his mind, the family ended up following him from Blenheim to Christchurch. Suzana is delighted things turned out the way they have.
'I love the University of Canterbury. It's my second home. Here, I have everything I need – from the gym to the library – everything.' She jokes: 'Although I am 48, I dread the thought that one day I will have to leave!'
When she is not studying, working or volunteering, Suzana likes to spend time with her partner and children.
'If they're not available, I'll watch movies, read or go to the gym. I really like Latin dancing but at the moment I'm more of a gym rat.'