Bianca Henley

What are you studying?

Bachelor of Management Studies (Hons) majoring in Economics and Finance.

Where are you from?

I’m from the Waikato.

Why did you choose the University of Waikato?

I chose the University of Waikato for a couple of reasons. Initially, I was inclined to stay here as its relatively inexpensive to live in Hamilton as a student. Secondly, our economics department is world-class. The lecturers are really dedicated to students learning outcomes fo their students and their experience has helped me to see what a career in economics can look like.

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

I love the culture of the University of Waikato. We do a lot of group work in the Management School and it really helps with interpersonal skills, which are invaluable in the workforce. The University of Waikato also has 82 clubs on campus. I joined the WMSSA (Waikato Management Schools Student Association) board this year and I wish I had done it sooner! Being a part of WMSSA has given me the opportunity to provide both professional and social events to students and along the way I have gained lifelong networks and friendships.

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes for the future are that I get to use my experience and my passion in a way that will better other people’s lives, whether that’s helping shape public policy or improving people’s financial literacy. I want to be able to make an impact.

What inspires you?

University has opened up so many doors for me that would otherwise have been locked. I can thank my family and teachers for inspiring me to pursue what I am passionate about and to continue my personal growth through education. I believe that there is no limit to what you can achieve, so I am reaching for the stars.

What would you like to do when you graduate?

When I graduate, I will be returning to BNZ as a Business Banking Graduate in Auckland. I will be working with clients to help them grow their business through business and credit analysis.