Katie Trigg

Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences

Music (Performance Stream), Computer Science

Key Info

  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
  • Music (Performance Stream)
  • Computer Science
  • First place in the Waikato ARIA competition

What made you decide to study at Waikato?

The University’s strong reputation and successful alumni. I also like that it’s young and forward-thinking.

Computer science and music make a unique combination. What made you decide to study those two subjects?

I’ve always dreamed of becoming an opera singer, so music was an easy choice, but I also wanted to have something more traditionally academic. I loved computer science at school, so decided to follow it through to uni.

They’re not things that you ever expect people to put together – in fact I think I’m the first person to do a conjoint music and computer science degree here – but both faculties have been really patient and helped me to make it work!

What does a typical day look like for you?

I longboard to uni, and then spend the day going between music and computer science classes – they’re so different, but that’s what makes it interesting. With music, there are always new performance opportunities that pop up, so I juggle those around as well.

Most memorable moment?

Probably when I won the Waikato ARIA competition last year. It was a really overwhelming and mind-blowing experience.

What do you like about the University?

Everything is on one, beautiful campus. I also like that there is direct communication between the lecturers and the students. I feel like I can email or talk to a lecturer if I need help or have a question.

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

Talk to everyone. This will help you make new friends and meet interesting people, but also it’s important to talk to your lecturers – they really do want to help you.

How do you think you can make a difference through your studies?

Right now, I’m a music tutor at a high school – I love encouraging young students to have more confidence and learn to sing. It’s also really nice when people come up to me after a concert and say that they were moved, or had an emotional connection with the show.

What do you want to do when you finish your degree?

Opera is my one true love. I want to keep sharing that passion and become an international opera singer. Maybe someday I could have a computer science-related day job, and then sing opera at night time.