Waikato University a great place to study science

12 May 2014

Stephanie KirkStudying science:   Stephanie Kirk.

Stephanie Kirk couldn’t recommend a better place to study than the University of Waikato for those wanting to pursue a career in science.

The former Rotorua Lakes High School student is in her third year of a Bachelor of Science (Technology), majoring in environmental planning. 

Gaining real-life experience

In her final year of high school, Stephanie learnt about the 12-month work placement offered as part of the BSc(Tech) degree. She says that the opportunity to gain valuable experience while studying was the main reason she chose Waikato University.

“The work placement programme is such a great component of the degree. You gain a lot of practical experience which will help you get a job after you graduate.”

Stephanie has already completed eight months of her work placement with the Waikato Regional Council.

She says being able to work on real projects has given her a better understanding of which career direction to take after she completes her degree.

“I’m really glad that I started the work placement. It’s shown me what working in the real world is like and I’ve learnt to manage my time better.”

Life on campus

Stephanie says that Waikato University has many resources that have helped with her studies. 

“I love the campus library. It’s so nice, and the open areas makes you want to go there to study. The tutors and lecturers are also very helpful. There’s never been a time when they haven’t been available to meet with me.

“The campus itself is really beautiful. There are heaps of great cafes and other facilities like the hairdressers. Waikato has an atmosphere that makes you want to learn.”

Stephanie was a recipient of both a $3000 Waikato Academic School Leaver Scholarship and a Science Admission Fees Scholarship, which assisted with her living and study costs.

Students interested in studying at the University of Waikato will be able to speak to advisers at the Rotorua Careers Expo on Wednesday, May 14 from 10am-2.30pm and 3.30pm-6.30pm, and Thursday, May 15 from 9am-3pm at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre.

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