Charlie Ikosi

DISCOVER

Charlie Science

What are you studying?

I’m getting my Professional Master of Geospatial Science and Technology. I’m particularly interested in creating maps and displaying information in a way that helps people who need to make critical decisions. I chose to study at UC for its international reputation in Geography and because I wanted to be part of a strong research community.

Any long-term dreams or goals?

My dream is to gain skills that will benefit my home country of Papua New Guinea. I’d also love the opportunity to go to Antarctica to do research on climate change. Most years, UC sends up to 12 students to Scott Base. I would love to be part of that team!

What’s been a highlight of your studies so far?

I took a programming course as a bit of a challenge, having no previous background in coding. That experience taught me the importance of patience, perseverance and self-belief when learning something new. In the end I was able to create an interactive airport survey map which will have applications in the real world. It was a very rewarding experience.

How have you found the student culture at UC?

UC has a very multicultural campus. I’ve met such a diverse range of people and been able to share my own culture as well as learn from others. I’ve also been surprised by the number of student clubs here. There are so many things you can join!

What’s your favourite club?

I love to be outdoors so I joined UC Climbing. We do bouldering at the UC Rec Centre and there are expeditions around Waitaha Canterbury. It’s a great way to network, have fun and build up your physical fitness.

"The research-oriented teaching here is incredibly strong. Students are encouraged to be proactive in their thinking and go beyond their comfort zone."

How have you changed since coming to UC?

I’ve learned to think more critically about society and how we care for the environment. I’ve always known that we need to make things more sustainable but coming to UC has shown me ways to actually achieve that.

What would you say to others thinking of coming here?

If you’re open minded, want to learn and do influential research, I would say “Choose UC”. The research-oriented teaching here is incredibly strong. Students are encouraged to be proactive in their thinking and go beyond their comfort zone.