Deepthica Vasumathi Jagannathan
'Uni accommodation helps you make your experience at UC exponentially better...'
Bachelor of Commerce in Taxation and Accounting
Originally from India, Deepthica decided on studying Taxation and Accounting overseas, after developing an interest in the subject during high school.
Settling on New Zealand with the help of a global education scholarship, Deepthica ended up choosing UC as her university destination.
‘UC had a really good accounting degree,’ she says. ‘The syllabus is very stream-lined and the content is periodically reviewed and re-structured to increase understanding. The topics are, therefore, easy to follow.
‘The lecturers assist in making your study experience as convenient as possible. The tutorials are also extremely helpful in understanding the practical aspect of many theoretical concepts. I was always encouraged to get in touch with the lecturer or the tutor to get my doubts clarified.’
Now back home in India, Deepthica is currently working towards her Certified Management Accountant (CMA) accreditation, and hopes to eventually launch her career in management accounting within business organisations.
‘I am really interested in the inner workings of a business,’ she says. ‘I want to be working in a field and job related to my background in accounting, preferably with some connection to non-profits.’
Deepthica chose to stay in Ilam Apartments for accommodation on campus, to make the transition into student life in New Zealand easier.
‘I wanted the convenience of not having to worry about things like security and other costs like wi-fi and heating,’ she says.
The community at Ilam Apartments has been especially beneficial for getting to know the UC community better, and she advises other students to consider staying in accommodation.
‘My highlight has been my new friends, the helpful and friendly staff, and easily accessible resources like help with getting around uni life with ease.
‘Try and mingle as much as you can, and if you want that, uni accommodation helps you make your experience at UC exponentially better.’
Throughout her studies, Deepthica made other extracurricular opportunities a priority for her overall university experience in New Zealand. From her second year Deepthica was a Student Mentor supporting other students first starting out at UC; and in her third year Deepthica was a member of the UC Language and Cultural Exchange (UC LACE) team, which links students studying a language or cultural course with other students from those countries.
‘While at LACE, my team and I organised events like Mexican Theme Night and Bollywood Night that were filled with exotic food, dance and activities. We also conducted Coffee Conversation Groups that were one-on-one casual meetings with international students who wanted a casual chat about anything from coursework to student life.
‘I personally believe that the mentoring programme and LACE were the highlights of my social communication within the campus, because I loved helping domestic and fellow international students alike find their footing at UC. I made invaluable connections and friendships that will last a lifetime,’ she says.