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Kale Isaac

Bachelor of Management Studies/Bachelor of Laws

Economics, Law

Key Info

Qualification(s):
  • Bachelor of Management Studies/Bachelor of Laws
Subject(s):
  • Economics
  • Law
Scholarship(s):
  • Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA)

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

The high calibre of academic programmes and lecturers was one of the primary reasons I chose to study here. Waikato is also very strong at promoting teamwork in a safe and supportive environment. If you miss a lecture, your classmates don’t mind sharing their notes. Whereas, speaking to friends who go to other universities, there’s a perception that sharing your notes with someone is like giving them the upper hand, creating a very competitive environment.

What was your favourite subject and why?

I’d have to say New Economics of Business with Steven Lim. This paper gave me the opportunity to put my abilities to the test by working on an actual real life project and looking at real world applications of economics.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I wake up early in the morning and always start my day with a to-do list. Setting up priorities and then ticking them off as the day goes on gives me a level of structure and satisfaction. As I near the end of my university degree, there’s a great deal of self-directed study, so I spend a lot of time in the library.

Highlight of your degree so far?

Earlier this year I was given the opportunity to travel to Bangkok for the University Scholars Leadership Symposium at the United Nations Conference Centre, which brought together 1057 university students from 87 countries. It was a life-changing experience. Being in a room with all these hugely talented people who want to put their skills into the betterment of the world was very inspiring.

Any tips for making the most of uni life?

Put yourself out there, join a club and take advantage of all that the university has to offer outside of academia.

What do you love about studying at Waikato?

It wasn’t until I moved here and got a feel for the university that I was taken aback by the ease of living in Hamilton and how close it is to everything. I also enjoy going for walks around the beautiful campus and in the fernery, especially during study week – being able to easily be amongst nature is a huge advantage compared to other universities in New Zealand.

What do you plan on doing when you finish your degree?

I’m moving to Singapore next year to study at the National University of Singapore. I’ve just been awarded the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA), which covers study fees, accommodation and living costs. Eventually I’d like to be able to work within a development fund based in Singapore, using my skills to secure contracts and meeting directly with farmers to get their feedback on how best to inject money into the economy.


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