EPECentre Undergraduate Scholar 2017-18
Published December 2018
Briefly describe yourself
I like the more technical side of life – logic and problem-solving. I also love creating things, which helps with engineering.
Why did you choose to study at UC?
I’m really glad I chose UC. It has a good vibe and the campus is beautiful, especially in spring. Christchurch also has all of the benefits of being a big city, without feeling like a big city. For engineering in New Zealand, UC is one of the best places to study.
Initially I wanted to do chemical, but I was introduced to electronics by a friend and exposed to all of these new concepts. It was actually nanotechnology that made me look at electrical – and the EPECentre scholarship definitely helped. I’m really glad I’m here now.
How have you benefitted from the EPECentre scholarship?
The EPECentre opened up a lot of opportunities. It’s great to know that the support is there if you need it. Financially it is a big help, but it also opens a lot of doors. It’s also a good incentive to keep your grades up.
How would you like to contribute to the electricity industry after completing your studies?
If I was going into power, I would want to go into generation as opposed to transmission. I would like to go into reusable power to take a bit of load off the earth. While it might not be a lot, it would feel like I’m helping.
UC Engineering has committed to the Diversity Agenda. What are your experiences of diversity at UC?
Realistically I think engineers tend to think the same way. It’s probably more of an impact having female lecturers or females in mentoring roles, which we do have, to hear their perspective. The opportunities are definitely here for females if they are interested in pursuing engineering.
What advice would you give to students thinking about engineering?
Learn as much as you can and keep an open mind. Electrical wasn’t even on my radar but after hearing one of the industry talks, it sparked my interest enough to learn more.
What have been your highlights of the year?
Learning things that are actually relevant today – there seems to be an electronic component to everything these days, so it’s really important. I am really looking forward to 2nd and 3rd pro and getting my hands dirty.