SQUADRON GOALS.

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Emma. Arts and Business.
Ngāi Tahu

What inspired you to study an arts/commerce combination?

At high school I had no clue what I wanted to do. I loved history but decided Media & Communications would be more practical. I also took some papers in commerce and found that I really loved management. The staff at UC have helped me put it all together.

So you’ve had the freedom to chop and change as you go?

I’ve been able to change majors and add a degree with no hassle at all. The student advisors have always been enthusiastic about my ideas when I’m discussing where I want to go with my degree. There’s lots of freedom at UC to figure out what you truly enjoy.

What’s your career ambition?

I joined the Air Training Corps in Year 10 and that’s been a huge part of my life. I learned to fly a plane before I could drive a car! I’d love to continue in defence, either as a learning and development officer or working in public affairs. UC has been extremely accommodating in allowing me to fit in my Cadet commitments.

You’re the first in your family to go to uni – how’s that been for you?

A bit scary! When I first got here I had no idea how uni worked, but the staff and resources made it all so easy to understand. My whole family asks me what I get up to. They’re 100% supportive of me and my younger brother is enrolled at uni now too.

"In second year, one of my lecturers encouraged me to enter a social media competition for the Battle of Passchendaele Commemoration. I ended up winning and got to go to Australia, Belgium, Greece, Dubai and France with the NZDF Contingent."

What’s been your biggest highlight at UC?

In second year, one of my lecturers encouraged me to enter a social media competition for the Battle of Passchendaele Commemoration. I ended up winning and got to go to Australia, Belgium, Greece, Dubai and France with the NZDF Contingent. It was an amazing opportunity especially with my passion for history. It gave me great exposure to working in communications, I got to travel the world and even met Prince William and Willie Apiata!

What has been your biggest personal change since coming here?

All my life I’ve been very shy and never really did anything extraordinary. But during my time at UC I’ve gained the confidence to go out and accomplish so much. I’ve represented the country, I’ve taken challenging courses and I’ve expanded my skills. In doing all these things I want to encourage others, especially the cadets in my squadron, to achieve their goals too.

Any parting advice?

Apply for things and put yourself out there. Even if you don’t get exactly what you hoped for, it’ll be a great learning experience. The only way you can succeed in something is if you give it a try. So go ahead and aim high!