Mac Karalus

  • Mac Karalus

EPECentre Undergraduate Scholar


Published May 2020

Briefly describe yourself

Originally from Nelson, I moved to Christchurch to study Electrical and Electronic engineering. I enjoy getting outdoors whenever I can find the time.

Why did you choose to study at UC?

The location of the University makes it easy to get away to go for a bike, surf or ski. Engineering also has a good reputation at UC so it was an easy choice.

Why engineering?

I have always been interested in how things work and throughout high school developed an interest in physics and maths. Being able to apply these topics to the real world and get hands-on with design drew me to engineering.

How have you benefitted from the EPECentre scholarship?

Through the EPECentre scholarship, I had access to talk to older students involved in the program. This was incredibly helpful for choosing courses and other advice about studying and living in Christchurch. Site visits gave me the chance to talk to engineers in the industry and allowed me to see firsthand, career pathways the engineering degree can lead to.

How would you like to contribute to the electricity industry after completing your studies?

Attending a talk from industry representatives started an interest in renewable energy for me. At the same time, I know there are many different opportunities out there so I aim to keep flexible for the rest of my time at UC.

What advice would you give to students thinking about engineering?

Get involved! Everyone is encouraged to study engineering, having a wider range of students means a wider range of perspectives and experiences that can be contributed. If you are unsure about where to start, have a chat with the student advisors, they are very helpful.

What have been your highlights at UC so far?

I've really enjoyed getting involved with clubs and the events they hold. In my studies, I've enjoyed the design projects this year as they've allowed me to get hands-on and start applying design to real world problems.