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Ben. Arts & Business.

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Ben's Story


UC's diverse student body and vibrant clubs scene have inspired Ben to get involved in communicating on a global scale. Find out more about what he gets up to during his time at UC.

I'm spending 6 weeks in China for my Management 228 paper. We go to Beijing and Shanghai, talk to CEOs and get to understand the Chinese - New Zealand business relationship.

I have found myself as much as I've found new interests, talents, and room for potential growth. The UC experience can be incredibly personal.

What are you studying and what inspired it?

I'm studying a mix of commerce, politics, media and communications. I'm aiming to combine my two bachelor degrees into a business journalism package.

Is UC getting you globally connected?

Definitely! I'm spending 6 weeks in China for my Management 228 paper. We go to Beijing and Shanghai, talk to CEOs and get to understand the Chinese - New Zealand business relationship. Straight after that I'm off to South America for my Econ 228 paper. It's a wine tasting tour from an economic perspective. We learn about wine management which is something I've never looked into before.

What do you hope to get out of those international opportunities?

I'm so keen to be globally involved. I love New Zealand, but there are so many other ways of life out there, I feel like it would be silly not to experience them. I want to report on stories that are going on in other parts of the world and hear from a whole lot of perspectives, not just Kiwis'.

Speaking of perspectives, tell us about being deputy editor for CANTA!

CANTA is the UC student magazine. I wrote a column called Ben Appetit, where I reviewed all the food places on campus from a student perspective. It was a lot of fun! At CANTA I've learned interviewing techniques, how to work in a group and hit deadlines. It's also given me a great grasp of uni culture. Now that I'm part of the magazine I truly understand how rich and diverse campus life is.

How has UC inspired you?

It's inspired me to talk to a whole lot of people. The people at UC are second to none and I'm incredibly thankful for the huge breadth of people I've met. There's an unspoken camaraderie amongst UC students. We all look out for each other even if we don't know each other by name.

How have you grown at UC?

UC's diverse student body and vibrant clubs scene have given me the opportunity to come to know students from all walks of life. As a result, I have found myself as much as I've found new interests, talents, and room for potential growth. The UC experience can be incredibly personal.