Katie Treadway


Key Info

  • Bachelor of Social Sciences
  • Environmental Planning
  • Geography
  • Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship

Katie Treadaway came to the University of Waikato as a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar to study a Bachelor of Social Sciences, majoring in Geography and Environmental Planning.

"I always enjoyed Geography at school, and I like the environment and being outdoors, so I chose a course that reflected my interests," says Katie.

A talented equestrian, Katie managed a demanding schedule of competition riding and four years of full-time study.

After graduating, Katie's degree gave her the solid footing she needed when it came time to apply for planning jobs, and she was quickly snapped up by AECOM, a global architecture and engineering firm.

She enjoys the variety in her job, where any day at work might consist of site visits, consultations with landowners or report writing.

"Report writing often means developing robust arguments, so I'm thankful I was able to develop good written communication skills at university."

Katie advises those considering university study to follow their passion. "Choose papers that interest you, as this is when you'll do your best", she says. "I chose papers that interested me throughout my study and was able to graduate with a double major in the subjects I really enjoyed."

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