Dorothy.

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours.

Where are you from?

I’m from Samoa. I'm here on scholarship getting my Bachelor of Natural Resources Engineering with Honours. I chose it because I love working with nature. In my little island we have quite a few problems. It's always been my dream to help with our environment.

How are you enjoying your study so far?

I love it, even though it’s crazy hard! The highlight is meeting so many different people from so many different backgrounds. We work in groups a lot to come up with ideas and solutions. Teamwork is so important in engineering.

What have you been up to on campus?

I've joined a few clubs and I play Volleyball at the Rec Centre. Being at UC challenges me to come out of my comfort zone. It's good to try different experiences – you never know what could become the next best thing!

You’re a mentor too?

Yes, I’m a mentor in the Pacific Development Team. I'm also a tutor. I work with first year students, helping them with anything from questions with lectures to where to find a quiet place to study. It can be terrifying coming to a different country. I really enjoy helping first years adjust.

"No matter what your culture or interests are, there’s a spot for you at UC to be yourself and achieve your dreams."

Have you used any support yourself?

I’ve found the Academic Skills Centre really helpful. English is my second language. There, they help me check my grammar and organise my ideas. It's reassuring to have a second opinion on my work.

Proudest moment at UC?

In my first year I won a Pacific Achievement Award from the College of Engineering for being one of the highest academic achievers. That was a big highlight for me!

How would you sum up your UC experience?

It's been amazing! I was really shy as a first year. Now UC feels like a home away from home. The atmosphere, the people, trying new things – I’m not the same person I was when I started. No matter what your culture or interests are, there’s a spot for you at UC to be yourself and achieve your dreams.