INSPIRING TAMARIKI.

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Grace. Teaching and Learning (Primary).

What sparked your desire to become a teacher?

It’s all I've ever wanted to do. I love the way teachers are so inspirational. They have such a huge influence on children and can really make or break the next generation. It's so essential that as teachers we have a positive impact on the children we support.

What are you enjoying most about your studies at UC?

I love the Te Reo Māori aspect. We learn a range of cultural competencies and how they enable children to achieve better. Even as a beginner, just using a few Te Reo words in the classroom can have a big impact. This course has given me a new passion for ensuring the Māori language continues to thrive.

Do you do a lot of hands-on learning?

Most of what we do is practical. We go out on two placements every year. I love having the opportunity to build relationships with students. When you first walk in they don't know anything about you, but by the time you leave five weeks later they're giving you hugs. You’re teaching them, but they're teaching you right back.

What else are do you love about being a student here?

The whole UC experience has been amazing. The staff and lecturers genuinely care about you and your journey, and want you to do well. They role model being great teachers by taking a genuine interest in who you are. They don’t see you as just a number.

"In teaching there’s an incredible diversity of ages, ethnicities and abilities. Everyone knows and looks out for each other. There’s an amazing sense of community here."

How would you describe the feel on campus?

The university as a whole is so bright and vibrant. There are so many ways to get involved and clubs to join – you name it and UC’s got it! In teaching there’s an incredible diversity of ages, ethnicities and abilities. Everyone knows and looks out for each other. There’s an amazing sense of community here.

How have you changed since coming to UC?

I've definitely grown in confidence. I was the shy kid in high school who never put their hand up. Now my hand goes up at any point. I've grown my social circle and the placements have helped me figure out my own identity, as well as making a difference for our tamariki. UC changes you in such an incredible way and enables to develop as an individual.

Any advice on how to get the most out of UC?

Definitely get involved in clubs and social events. They set you up to have a really great experience. You get to meet a whole range of amazing people beyond your degree. Just go ahead and dive in!