Solicitor, Tompkins Wake - Hamilton, New Zealand
- Bachelor of Laws
- Political Science
- Vice-Chancellor's School Leavers Academic Excellence Scholarship
Grace Walker has a strong sense of social justice and for her, law seemed the natural fit. “I chose to study law because it offers the opportunity to develop a range of skills and explore many aspects of human life. I wanted to understand human rights, justice and how power in society is held to account so I could speak up for those without a voice.”
Unsure about her choice of university Grace attended the annual University of Waikato Open Day and found that Waikato was the perfect choice.“I’m from Auckland so I wasn’t sure which university was right for me. When I attended the Waikato Open Day, I was surprised by the supportive vibe the campus radiates. In high school, you’re told that at uni you’re on your own and that you won’t get much help but at Waikato, I found that it was quite the opposite. Te Piringa – Faculty of Law promotes the concept of ‘colleagues not competitors’ and I was drawn in by the individualised and ongoing support students receive from their lecturers, tutors, mentors and fellow students.”
"I chose to study law because it offers the opportunity to develop a range of skills and explore many aspects of human life. I wanted to understand human rights, justice and how power in society is held to account so I could speak up for those without a voice."
She has good advice for new students. "Get involved in any opportunity that comes your way. Lecturers, tutors and student leaders are here to help you navigate your way through law school, so take advantage of that and get to know them.
"When I first started at Waikato, I didn’t know anyone and I was shy about making new friends. However, I soon realised that everyone was in the same boat as me and was really friendly, so I began putting myself out there more. This led to having a whole network of friends, job opportunities and even creating a new association on campus. I’ve also learnt how to manage my time effectively and be more responsible."