Fiji sojourn for UC trio

08 March 2012

Three University of Canterbury students are studying in Fiji for four months after being awarded University of the South Pacific (USP) Hope Scholarships.

Fiji sojourn for UC trio

Troy Scott, Beth Vanderhaven and Helen Hadfield are studying in Fiji after being awarded the University of the South Pacific (USP) Hope Scholarships.

Three University of Canterbury students are studying in Fiji for four months after being awarded University of the South Pacific (USP) Hope Scholarships.

Troy Scott, Helen Hadfield and Beth Vanderhaven were awarded the first semester scholarships, which were offered to support students affected by the Christchurch earthquakes, as part of their Study Abroad Programme.  

The recipients, who wrote a 500-word essay on their experiences living through the earthquakes and explained how they would be good ambassadors for UC, arrived in Fiji last month. While in the island nation the trio will also attend a conference on ICT and Oceanic Cultures at USP.

Troy Scott, an undergraduate student studying media and communications, and political science, said he was excited about the opportunity to study abroad.

“I will have the chance to get some practical broadcasting experience at USP and on the political science side of things it will be interesting to understand how one of our Pacific neighbours operates,” he said.  

“I’m really looking forward to the hospitality of the country and representing the University, as well as Christchurch.”

Cultural studies undergraduate Helen Hadfield said that studying in another culture would be a major benefit to her UC degree.

“It seemed like such an amazing opportunity to study within the Fijian culture, especially given my major. I’m really looking forward to seeing what it’s like studying somewhere else and experiencing another culture. It’s going to be a great change from the earthquakes and everyday life.” 

Meanwhile, biology student Beth Vanderhaven, who hoped to eventually specialise in marine biology, said she was “excited about the marine biology opportunities that USP and the island offers”.

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