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Mastine Dube

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Mastine Business and Law

What brought you to UC from Zimbabwe?

I wanted to study overseas and Aotearoa New Zealand was one of the places that interested me. When I contacted NZ universities, the staff at UC were very engaging and helpful. I was also impressed with UC’s reputation and excellent international academics.

You’re pursuing a double degree – what’s that like?

It does require a lot of time but the way the courses are set up makes it very achievable. I can do both my degrees and still have a life which is pretty cool.

You’ve also explored your entrepreneurial side?

Yes I’ve done a few challenges with the Centre for Entrepreneurship. I participated in 180° where I helped to come up with business solutions for local companies. Last year I did the Inclusivity Challenge, where we had to create an event that brings international and domestic students together. I did that as part of my club, the UC African Student Association, and we placed in the top three!

Awesome! Tell us more about the UC African Students Association.

When I first arrived I was a bit homesick, so got the idea for an African club. I thought it would be a fun way to meet people and give African students a way to showcase our culture. People at UC people are very open-minded and accepting, so I made it a club where everyone’s welcome, African or not.

Have you had a good turn out?

More than I expected! Because of Covid we’ve had to improvise, but overall it’s been amazing. Now when I walk around UC I run into so many people I know. UCSA was really helpful in setting it up. They provided lots of resources and made the process of starting a club as easy as possible.

"It doesn’t matter where you come from, who you are, or what you’re good at, there’s something here for you."

Would you recommend UC to others?

Absolutely. Whenever I talk to my friends back home I always say, “if you have a chance, come on over”. Naturally I was homesick when I first arrived, but everyone was so welcoming, nice, and willing to help.

What would you say is UC’s most underrated aspect?

The fact that it’s a place for everyone. It doesn’t matter where you come from, who you are, or what you’re good at, there’s something here for you. UC is a place where anyone and everyone can feel like they belong. It feels like home for me.