FROM CODING TO CLIMBING.

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Noel. Software Engineering.

What's your ambition with Software Engineering?

I'd like to go into building websites and apps that help people in some way. I chose Software Engineering because it enables me to create useful products, yet I can still enjoy the purity and elegance of doing maths problems on paper. It’s incredibly satisfying when you write a piece of software and it does exactly what you want.

Tell us about the internship you've done!

I went to work for a small start-up in Wanaka who have a mobile app called Kin2Kin. It's an app that connects family members, kind of like a private social networking site. I was the only intern there. My role was to rebuild their administration website in a new technology.

And you have also completed another one?

Yes, for Ryman Healthcare, a large organisation that runs aged care homes. I helped to develop an app which they put on tablets in each person’s room. There were nine people on the development team so it was good to get experience in a bigger corporate environment.

How do those internship opportunities help you as a student?

They give you the chance to find out what working as a software developer is really like. You also get to learn and work with technology you might not have used before. And, of course, it all goes on your CV which makes it so much easier to get a job when you graduate.

"I went to work for a small start-up in Wanaka who have a mobile app called Kin2Kin. It's an app that connects family members, kind of like a private social networking site."

How have you found the rest of your UC experience?

There’s lots to do. In first year I got into dancing which I'd never done before. I really enjoyed it and even served on the club exec for a few years. It was great volunteer experience and fun to organise things! I've also joined the UC Climbing club. We get together to climb at gyms, the UC Rec Centre and out on the Port Hills. Joining clubs has been a great way to meet new people.

What makes UC special?

For me, it's about the great engineering programme and all the activities available. You can try anything you want, like rock climbing or canyoning, and you don't need a whole bunch of experience or gear to do so.

If UC had a motto it would be…

"A pathway to opportunity." UC is a place where you can discover new passions you never even realised you had.