UCMe - Samuel, Engineering,University of Canterbury, NZ
Samuel-Tzikoucos

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Samuel Engineering
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What have you enjoyed most about Engineering at UC?

It’s taught me a lot about how the real world works. Now if I’m out with friends and a motorbike goes by I think, ‘I know all the maths behind that thing’. I like being able to take what you learn and apply it to real life systems.

What’s your dream career?

I’d love to get into the material design aspect of Engineering, looking at the microstructures of materials used in airplanes, motorcycles and other applications. With an engineering degree, you have all these tools in your bag and you’re able to use them for different scenarios.

You have whānau at UC too, what’s that like?

I have a sister, a brother, and his wife here at UC. It’s all good. When my little sister first arrived I was able to give her some study tips and advice. It can be a learning curve adjusting to uni in your first year, so it was good to be able to help her out.

How else has UC created connections for you?

I’m part of Te Akatoki, the Māori Students’ Association. I spend quite a lot of time at the whare. It’s a good place to go and chill. It’s got kitchens and study areas, and they put on lots of events like kapa haka, sports, paintball, bowling... I’ve had some cool times there.

Were you surprised by the amount of Māori culture and engagement on campus?

It wasn’t what I came for – I came for the degree – but it was cool to discover it when I got here! The Māori team (Te Waka Pākākano) are really welcoming. You can connect with mentors and they give you heaps of resources. It’s made uni feel like home.

"With an Engineering degree you have all these tools and you’re able to use them for different scenarios."

How has Ōtautahi Christchurch contrasted with where you’re from?

I’m from Kaikohe, a small town way up north. I was amazed at how different it is here. People sound different, they have totally different mindsets and backgrounds. It’s kind of like two different countries. But it’s been great for expanding my perspectives and it’s helped me appreciate my own upbringing too.

What would you say to your mates back in Kaikohe?

When they ask me what it’s like down South, I tell them, “it’s so cold”! But mostly I tell them that the people are awesome. I’ve had a really good experience at UC overall.