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Ben Davies

20 July 2023

"Economics and Mathematics provide powerful tools for solving problems in lots of fields…"


Bachelor of Science in Economics and Mathematics

Bachelor of Science with Honours in Economics and Mathematics

Ben has ticked many boxes with his chosen degree. Studying towards a Science degree meant the chance to combine his two favourite subjects, Economics and Mathematics.

"Seemingly controversially, I find both of my majors to be genuinely interesting subjects,’ Ben jokes. "Having a strong qualification in Economics and Mathematics also provides a signal of high quality to employers. These two factors combined made it a natural choice to study the subjects together."

Ben has certainly enjoyed his subject combination so far.

"Both Economics and Mathematics challenge you to think in ways you haven’t before, and to look at the world through a different lens. Importantly, they complement each other and together provide powerful tools for solving problems in lots of fields."

Ben decided to take on a STAR course by distance through high school to help decide his future steps. With his particular passion for Economics, he decided to try ECON 199 Introduction to Microeconomics.

"My school offered the course as an option for students who wanted to extend themselves and their economic knowledge. I enjoyed the NCEA Economics curriculum and chose to give ECON 199 a go.

"It provided a springboard into higher-level study in microeconomics at UC, which introduced me to new and interesting economic ideas. Getting a headstart on my degree also gave me more freedom to take elective courses from Computer Science and Statistics which have been beneficial throughout my studies."

The experience was a great benefit for Ben, who enrolled at UC with both a UC Emerging Leaders’ Scholarship and a PwC Scholarship, which provided mentoring throughout his studies and a summer internship.

When Ben came down from Wellington to start his undergraduate degree, he chose to stay at Rochester and Rutherford Hall campus accommodation.

"It gave me the opportunity to surround myself with students who care about the impact they have on the world around them. Living close to campus was also hugely valuable. Most of my time was spent at the hall doing coursework, talking with other residents or otherwise just enjoying being a student."

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