Waikato University a great place to study

8 May 2014

Melissa Whitton

Waikato experience: Former Hastings Girls’ High School student Melissa Whitton is studying for a Bachelor of Social Sciences at the University of Waikato.

Melissa Whitton says some of the best things about studying at the University of Waikato are the lecturers and guest lecturers.

“Most of these people have a real passion for what they are teaching and this really shows during lectures,” she says. “It makes me more passionate about the subject when I know the teacher is just as excited about it.”

The former Hastings Girls' High School student is in the second year of a Bachelor of Social Sciences at Waikato University.

During her first year at Waikato, Melissa chose to live in the Halls of Residence.

Living on campus is a great start

“I was in Bryant Hall and absolutely loved it. This year I’m flatting and it's going great. I think that starting at the Halls gave me time to settle into Hamilton before I moved into a flat.” 

Melissa was the recipient of a $3000 University of Waikato Academic School Leaver Scholarship, which assisted with her living costs. She says she chose to study at Waikato because she really liked the relaxed and intimate setting on campus.

Interaction with lecturers

“Classes aren't usually very big so it's easier to interact with the lecturers. The lecturers show a genuine interest in the class getting great grades, which I love. The people are friendly and you can always find someone to help if you’re lost or unsure about something. I also love how multi-cultural Waikato Uni is, both the staff and the students.”

Student Recruitment Advisers from the University of Waikato will be at the Hawkes Bay Careers Expo at the Pettigrew Green Arena in Taradale on Tuesday 20 May from 9am-1pm and 4.30pm-7pm, and Wednesday 21 May from 9am-1pm.

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