Eddie.

Master of Commerce.

Most amazing UC experience so far?

MGMT228. It’s an international business course that includes a funded study tour to China. It's incredible, China is such a different place. Everything’s so new.

How does MGMT228 work?

You spend three weeks at a university in Hangzhou and ten days with international businesses in Shanghai. You can also stay on and travel. I saw the Great Wall of China, the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park where they filmed Avatar and the pandas in Chengdu. They were really cute! The fact I was able to experience all that through UC is something I'm really grateful for.

What did you learn from it?

Things you don't learn in a lecture theatre – communication skills and how to relate to different people. It also gives you a chance to reflect on what you're good at and where you need to improve. Last year I was a tour leader. I enjoyed having that added responsibility.

Any other leadership roles for you?

I’m the CEO of entré, a student run club that promotes entrepreneurship and innovation. I have to report to the Board, speak at events and be the role model that everyone looks to. It's a challenging role but it's rewarding too. Later in life I'd like to run my own organisation so it’s good experience for me.

"It gives you a chance to reflect on what you're good at and where you need to improve."

What’s on offer at entré?

It's a place where students can gain professional skills, mentorship and support. Our signature event is the 85K Challenge. Students pitch a business venture and have the chance to win from an $85,000 prize pool. If you’re a student who likes to think outside the box UC is a great place to develop that interest.

What do you love most about UC?

How lively and active the campus is. The clubs culture here is unmatched throughout the country. With 140 clubs there’s something for everyone. What we've got going at UC is really special. It’s not just about getting a degree.

You want to lead – what’s your dream job?

I’m quite keen on becoming the CEO of Air New Zealand. It's a lofty goal, but you've got to dream big!