Bae Fountain

What are you studying?

Bachelor of Science majoring in Environmental Sciences and Aquaculture at the Tauranga campus.

Where are you from?

I was born at Waikato Hospital and grew up in Hamilton until I was 11 years old. My family shifted to Papamoa when I was in Year 8. I went to Mount Maunganui Intermediate and then on to Mount Maunganui College.

Why did you choose the University of Waikato?

I enjoyed the sciences at high school but was looking for a degree with a point of difference. I chose Waikato for the new aquaculture major on offer in Tauranga because I like the idea of identifying issues and solutions relevant to our whenua/moana while looking to create ecologically sustainable practices.

The University of Waikato also offered a great scholarship (Sir Edmund Hillary) and with the new Tauranga campus, it meant my living costs were next to nothing, plus I could continue to pursue my sporting goals (water polo and beach volleyball) in the Bay.

What do you like about studying at the University of Waikato?

I like how close to home it is. Also being so close means I am learning about the local marine and terrestrial environments, which will be very helpful when trying to look for local career pathways.

What are your hopes for the future?

One day I want to be an Olympian. I have a number of opportunities that will need to be explored in order for this to happen and so am keeping my options open as I move forward.

As far as a career in marine science goes, I don’t fully know what it is exactly I want to be or do. I just know that I want to gain enough valuable knowledge so that I can apply a change to the local environments, hopefully helping them to thrive and flourish.

What inspires you?

I feel as though failure is an inspiration. I hate to fail so I just work harder. That goes for academic and sporting situations. With my sport I’ve been fortunate to be surrounded by motivated and driven individuals which keeps me motivated. I like to do well and am always keen to tick off my goals.

What would you like to do when you graduate?

I am not entirely sure what I am going to do after I graduate but I think going into aquaculture could be a good path to follow.