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Liam Keegan

20 July 2023

"University is a time to learn, grow, and make new friends..."


Studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Management


Why did you decide to study a BCom at UC?

I chose to do a Bachelor of Commerce degree because of its versatility leading into a variety a career paths and opportunities across multiple industries, and the foundational knowledge of the business world it can provide. In addition the practical skills and real-world experiences I can gain through a BCom such as internships and other work experience placements. The degree also has a large amount of majors to choose from so you can do something that you’re interested in.

I chose to do this at UC because of its strong reputation for academic excellence and the fact that the BCom programme is highly recognised by employers within New Zealand and internationally.

I was fortunate enough to receive four scholarships which also played a part in deciding to study at UC – I am part of He Tētēkura Emerging Leaders Development Programme and Te Kakau a Māui programme.

And have you enjoyed UC so far?

UC has so many ways to help students thrive in their field of interest as well as the more social aspect to help make sure your university experience creates memories you will remember for the rest of your life. These include, but are most definitely not limited to, the dedicated academic and support staff, clubs and societies, and events that provide opportunities for social connection and personal growth.

Staying in the halls of residence would also be a big part of that too. What led you to stay in Kirkwood Avenue Hall?

Firstly, the proximity to campus; Kirkwood is only a short walk away from the main campus and is the closest hall to K1 Lecture Theatre and the UC RecCentre.

Secondly, the social aspect of living in a hall is an excellent way to meet new people and make friends. You’re living with other students who are going through the same experience as you, and you'll have plenty of opportunities to socialise and participate in group activities.

And thirdly, the support and resources. From the Taurima to staff, if you have a question or concern there is always someone who can help.

How was the transition from living at home to living in a hall?

This is a challenge because there a many different aspects of living in a hall that for some people are different to home. For example, you have increased independence having to manage your own finances, cooking for yourself, cleaning, doing your laundry, etc. I have overcome this by creating a plan each week so I know what to expect and when I can do different tasks.

What would you advise other students do to get adjusted?

Whilst it seems like a big step there are so many opportunities on offer that it will soon enough feel like the norm. Halls give you the chance to gain independence and real-world experience without being thrown straight into the deep end. Living in a hall gives you the opportunity to meet so many new people, learn new things, and participate in countless activities.

Like anything in life, what you put in is what you get out so the more you get involved with the hall life the more you will be rewarded.

How has your hall life been so far?

The highlight so far is the community and all the people you get to meet. Despite the fact that we have only been living together for less than a month, not to mention coming from all across New Zealand and beyond, it feels as though we are all part of a close-knit group of students working towards our goals. Living in close proximity to other students, sharing meal and common spaces, and participating in social events, have all allowed for making connections.

Speaking of goals, what do you hope to get out of your BCom when you graduate?

My career goals are quite broad at the moment. In an ideal world I would like to try and take my golf as far as possible with the hopes of one day turning professional however, I would also like to do something down in the business realm such as accounting or management (hence the majors).

Any final words of advice?

Don't forget to have fun! University is a time to learn, grow, and make new friends. Enjoy the experience and make the most of your time there.

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