Studying towards a Bachelor of Arts in European Union Studies and Political Science and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours
Althea was first introduced to UC through the STAR programme while she was in high school, taking a 100-level course in History. Impressed with her experience, Althea made no hesitation in coming to study at UC after graduating from high school.
‘There are so many things I love about studying at UC. I love the campus, especially in spring and autumn. I’ve been to other campuses and UC is definitely the most beautiful one! I also really enjoyed my lecturers for both Law and Arts. Finally, I love the opportunities for extra-curriculars here on campus. The UCSA has done a fantastic job of fostering club spirit, and there’s always a wide variety of clubs to suit all interests and passions.’
Choosing her double degree, and one with a double major, was partly out of interest and partly to help with a future career. Though her choices seem like a lot of tough work, Althea thoroughly enjoys her study and is determined to see her Law degree through her honours year.
‘I always knew that I wanted to study Law because it is a degree that opens up many career paths. As for my Bachelor of Arts, I am always curious and interested to learn about current events, how things work, and history.
‘The Bachelor of Arts programme is great because it is the perfect combination of theory and practical experience. It is great to see how the theories we discussed in class actually apply and are relevant in the workplace.’
Taking part in one of UC’s internship programmes has definitely strengthened that idea. Working with the Royal New Zealand Navy, Althea organized focus groups with students in New Zealand to gather information on attitudes towards the Navy, so that they could improve their image to be a more appealing career choice. Althea calls this experience ‘the most rewarding and engaging course I have done at university’.
Certainly, Althea has taken every opportunity imaginable with UC. Along with the STAR programme and her internship, Althea has also been a part of the student organization AIESEC Canterbury as President, and is currently the CEO of entré, a student company providing entrepreneurial opportunities.
Althea’s range of study and experiences has opened a lot of opportunities for her future, and Althea intends to make it big.
‘My ultimate career goal is to be in a position where I can initiate change and create a positive impact in society through my role, my networks, my expertise and the resources available. Therefore, my goal is to be a CEO of a multinational company, renowned for its corporate responsibility.
‘I love the fact that I’ve been able to get so much out of my time at university, and UC definitely fostered this!’