New experiences at uni for Beth

29 July 2014

Beth Scarrow

Enjoying university: Former Katikati College student Beth Scarrow is now studying at the University of Waikato

From Summer Research Scholarships to field trips to living in the Halls of Residence, uni life has been full of new experiences for former Katikati College student Beth Scarrow.

Beth is now in her third and final year of a Bachelor of Science, double majoring in biology and earth science, at the University of Waikato.

She chose to study at Waikato after attending the Hill Laboratories Waikato Science Summer School and being inspired by what she saw there.

"That, coupled with the closeness to home and the cheaper cost of living in Hamilton, made me choose Waikato," she says.

Living in the Halls

In her first year, Beth lived in the Halls of Residence at Student Village, and says she found it a great way to make friends and meet a range of different people.

"Two of my current flatmates are people I lived with in halls. Now I'm flatting with a group of friends and loving it."

Financing study

Several scholarships have help smooth the way financially for Beth's study. She received the Bay of Plenty Education Trust Millennium scholarship for leadership and academic performance, which extends over four years. She also received a school leavers' scholarship of $3000 after gaining merit at level three NCEA.

Last summer, Beth was also awarded a 10-week $5000 Summer Research Scholarship. This involved working alongside one of her lecturers, Dr Julia Mullarney, in the benthic flow lab.

"The Summer Research Scholarship was very exciting for me, being able to work with different people and gain some real research experience. I've also really enjoyed the field trips associated with the earth science papers especially a trip to see the Tongariro power scheme for my second year hydrology paper.

Student Recruitment Advisers from the University of Waikato will be at the Tauranga Careers Expo, TECT Arena, Baypark Stadium on Friday 8 August from 9am-4pm and Saturday 9 August from 9.30am-3.30pm.

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