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Sophie Strang

31 August 2023

"I love the centrality of the University..."

Studying towards a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Psychology

Studying people and the environment is an interesting degree combo – why did you choose your majors?

I loved understanding and learning about human behaviour, especially in the sporting environment, along with my passion for conservation of the natural environments and how they can be preserved for future years to come. Both courses are super interesting and provide unique pathways to some amazing future job opportunities. A future career goal I have is to work for the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA).

I chose to study this degree at UC because of the amazing new facilities they have, especially science labs. As well as the incredible Christchurch landscape and lifestyle, which appealed as a nice change from my busy Auckland lifestyle.

So coming from Auckland, how have you found it at UC so far?

I love the centrality of the University. Everything on and around campus is so close and easily accessible. As well as this I love the design of the campus from the greenery to the amazing new buildings and facilities. The culture at UC is also very appealing, from the friendly people, to the pride everyone feels to be a part of the University.

And you’re also staying at Rochester and Rutherford hall. Why did you choose to live in student accommodation?

I knew I wanted to study at the University of Canterbury, so living in a hall of residence was an easy decision to make. I wanted to have the opportunity to meet and live with a variety of completely different people. Especially so that I might meet people who I would choose to flat with in second year.

What’s been your highlight from R&R?

A highlight of my experience has been the community of amazing people I have met so far.

Along with the hall formal dinners which occur once a term, where all residents get dressed up and have a delicious sit-down dinner.

Did you have any difficulties moving to a new city?

A challenge I have faced since moving is leaving my home, family, and friends. To overcome these challenges I have kept in regular contact, through phone calls and visiting home during university breaks.

I have found that being friendly and open to everyone is a great way to make friends and meet new people. Keeping busy helped me to forget about missing home, and enabled me to try a range of new things.

What advice do you have for anyone in the same situation thinking about living in a hall?

Advice I give to someone considering living in a hall of residence is to go for it. Living in halls during the first year of uni is a once in a lifetime opportunity, which facilitates the building of amazing friendships and communities.

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