SPORT FOR LIFE.

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Shaquel. Sport coaching.
Ngāti Porou

Why did you choose to study Sport Coaching?

I’ve played sports all my life. I’ve played touch, ripper rugby and ultimate frisbee, but basketball is my main passion. I’m really interested in the human body as well, so I thought sport coaching was a good way to go.

What careers does it open up for you?

I’d love to be a PE teacher, but with sport coaching there are lots of other options too. I’ve chosen sport management as my major because I’m really keen to start a business or get into a management job. I had a go at setting up a tournament at a party I hosted and found that I really liked the organisation side of things.

What do you enjoy most about your degree?

Definitely the practical stuff. It’s amazing. We dissected a cow’s leg for our anatomy class, to see how all the tendons and muscles connect together. We play sports every day too – basketball, netball, touch, everything. It’s so much fun.

Tell us about the vibe at UC.

The people are all so nice here. There’s a chilled aura and everyone’s just happy doing their own thing. The library is my favourite place to study. I really like the way there are silent areas where you can knuckle down and focus, or group study areas where you can work on assignments together with friends.

Is there help on hand when you need it?

100%. The lecturers are all really supportive people. They keep us up-to-date and answer any questions we have. They don’t treat us like ‘students’, they make us feel like they really want us to pass.

"The library is my favourite place to study. I really like the way there are silent areas where you can knuckle down and focus, or group study areas where you can work on assignments together with friends."

How did you find the jump from high school to uni?

I actually failed Level Three at high school, so I did the CUP course that UC offers. It’s a 10-week uni preparation programme. They teach you all the stuff you need to know, like how do referencing and all those little things that give you extra marks at uni. You also get to make friends from all different study areas.

It sounds like CUP has made a big difference for you.

It has. Now I’m studying alongside all my other friends who passed Level Three, which is pretty crazy! I definitely recommend CUP for anyone who’s struggling at high school. When you fail it’s a really rough feeling, but going through CUP gets you back alongside everyone else.

You’ve finished your first year at UC now – have you changed at all?

I’m more motivated to succeed. Getting a couple of A’s is such a good feeling, it makes you want to keep going. That’s my advice for anyone thinking about giving uni study a go – keep on trying with what you do. If you do fail, it’s not the end of the world. At UC they really look out for you and help you do your best.