Dharna Sofat

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

Civil Engineering

Key Info

  • Bachelor of Engineering with Honours
  • Civil Engineering

Why did you choose to study at the University of Waikato?

I was born and raised in New Delhi, India and moved to Tauranga just in time to enrol at Otūmoetai College. When I finished high school, the University of Waikato was the closest university to my home offering the degree I wanted.

Waikato also has a very good reputation. I did my first year at the Tauranga campus, the first year the new CBD campus opened, and am now studying in Hamilton.

I'd recommend studying at Waikato University because it has great facilities and staff. It also has a wide range of things you can choose from to study.

Why did you choose this degree? 

Civil engineering is something I have always wanted to do since I was a child. I have worked hard to get here and I am glad that Waikato is giving me the opportunity to pursue my dream.

What have been the highlights so far?

University has been very nice overall but making heaps of friends and performing fun and challenging experiments/projects were the highlights of my first year. I've also gained more confidence in public speaking due to all the presentations I've done as part of my course - that's been a real bonus.

What was it like at the Tauranga campus?

The new campus is amazing! The building is very fancy and modern with new technology which helps with learning. The staff are very friendly and always willing to help.

What’s a quirky fact about you?

I’m flatting in Hamilton with four of my first-year engineering classmates from Tauranga and one design student, while another six of my engineering mates live right next door.

What are your plans once you’ve finished your degree?

Find a job in a civil engineering firm and gain as much experience as possible before opening up my own firm.

What’s your number one tip for making the most of uni?

Focus hard on your studies, take every opportunity to up-skill, and enjoy the experience of university and making lots of new friends.

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