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Tahara-Jayne Rusden Rowley

20 July 2023

"I love the overall energy and flow of the place..."


Studying towards a Bachelor of Sport Coaching in Sports Leadership and Management, with a minor in Media and Communication


What was it that brought you down from Auckland to study at UC?

I found UC had the best overall vibe that drew me in, especially with Sport Coaching. Sports has always been my passion my whole life so to me there was never any other options.

How have you found your Sports degree so far?

It’s such a fun field and you can learn so much about yourself and sports in general. Usually I go to my classes and study during the day, and then I’ll either go to the Rec Centre or go to a sports training in the arvo.

What’s your goal for your sports career?

Hopefully to be a Head of Sport at a school, or involved in a big sports industry like Sport NZ!

What do you think about UC?

I love the overall energy and flow of the place and the campus is so pretty!

And how about living at University Hall? What made you decide to live on campus?

I chose to live in halls of residence because it’s such a great opportunity to meet new people and get involved in the university life. It’s also right next to the Uni which is a bonus!

Uni Hall wasn’t my first choice of hall but it wasn’t the end of the world. I thought it was, but the people I’ve met in this hall I wouldn’t change ever.

Was it a bit challenging at first then?

I found it quite hard coming from living in such a rural area to living literally a 10-min walk from anything you need, and having people literally a door away. Also I miss the farm and beaches from my home. I’ve found walking around and finding local parks and beaches has helped.

What’s been a highlight from Uni Hall?

I think my highlight would have to be making all the new friends I’ve made, and especially I’ve loved how close my floor has become, we’re like a little family.

So all-in-all, you would recommend living in a hall?

I would say definitely go for it. It’s a one-time opportunity and an overall great experience to get out of your

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