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LAUREN. LAW & CRIMINAL JUSTICE.

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Lauren's Story


Lauren runs the fourth largest student club on campus, OpSoc and has developed a passion for protecting the environment. See what else she's getting up to while she's been studying at UC.

I’ve become way more curious and open-minded. I analyse things more thoroughly and I'm less quick to judge situations and people.

It's hard to put in words, but UC offers something extra. The clubs, the people, having a campus that's all connected. I do my morning runs through campus and it's just such a nice place to be.

What inspired you to study law and criminal justice?

When I finished high school I actually wanted to be a surf instructor in Bali. My mother was not impressed! I ended up going to a talk for UC and I got really excited when I heard about the criminal justice degree. So here I am!

What do you enjoy about the student experience?

I love the opportunities. You're really encouraged to get out of your own sphere at UC. I'm representing New Zealand at the International Business Case Competition in Budapest in 2019 and I don't even study business! You get to explore things that might not have even come across your path.

How have you gotten involved on campus?

I'm president of Opsoc which is now the fourth largest club at UC. We run charitable events, like an art auction where we raised $3500 for Camp Quality to support kids with cancer. We also love op shopping, so we get people together to do that. We host BBQs, karaoke nights and things like the annual Undie Run. It's got a lot going on!

What have you learned from being on the exec?

Time management! I've also grown my leadership and delegation skills. I've learned that stepping back and realising you can't have everything your way is actually a good thing. Everyone has something to bring to the table and that's to be celebrated.

How have you changed at UC?

I've become way more curious and open-minded. I analyse things more thoroughly and I'm less quick to judge situations and people. I've become hugely passionate about the environment too. I've worked really hard to raise awareness about the dangers of the fast fashion industry, and made changes like having no single use cups at Opsoc events.

Any advice for high school leavers thinking about UC?

It's hard to put in words, but UC offers something extra. The clubs, the people, having a campus that's all connected. I do my morning runs through campus and it's just such a nice place to be. If you like partying but you also want to get on and do some practical work, UC is the place for you!