Kirsten Nel

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

Electronic Engineering

Key Info

  • Bachelor of Engineering with Honours
  • Electronic Engineering
  • School Leavers Merit Scholarship
  • Engineering Fees Scholarship
  • Golden Key International Honours Society
  • Student Ambassador for the Faculty of Science and Engineering

For electronic engineering honours graduate Kirsten Nel, the University of Waikato was her first choice because of glowing reviews from current students.

Kirsten came straight to Waikato University from Fraser High School in Hamilton, which meant she could save money by living at home and didn't have to cope with moving to another city.

"I also already knew numerous other students from the year above me who were doing the same degree and only had good things to say about it."

In addition to the practicalities of studying in her home town, she was blown away by the hands-on element of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree.

"At the end of our second and third years Waikato staff helped us to find paid work placements which are carried out over the summer holidays. The work load in terms of theory and practical is also pretty even, which means that we spend just as much time learning as we do putting those concepts into practice."

Two work placements at the Gallagher Group organised by the University of Waikato's Faculty of Science & Engineering were the perfect opportunities for her to prove herself and gain experience in her dream job. Before Kirsten's final placement had concluded she was offered a full-time position in Gallagher's R&D department as an Electronic Engineer.

A recipient of numerous scholarships including the School Leavers Merit Scholarship and Engineering Fees Scholarship, Kirsten is also a member of the Golden Key International Honours society for academic excellence and a recently nominated student ambassador for the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

"Being recognised as a high achiever and a hard worker by my lecturers has been a highlight for me. I always strive to do my absolute best and I am very glad that it's recognised."

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