Taylor Hamlin

Law clerk - Bell Gully, Auckland

Key Info

  • Bachelor of Laws with Honours
  • Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship

What made you choose to study at Waikato?

I chose Waikato for the people and the opportunities that would be available to me. At the age of 18 I was awarded the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship for my achievement in basketball, so that made Waikato even more appealing.

What’s your favourite subject and why?

I’d have to say Equity Law because I have a great lecturer. I also really enjoy Economics.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I normally wake up at 7, read the worldwide news for about half an hour, eat breakfast and head to my classes at 9. I usually finish the day with basketball training followed by studying. Some days I have basketball coaching or work – not every day is the same.

Highlight of your degree so far?

I really enjoy the diversity of subjects and students – there’s always someone new to meet.

You recently attended the University Scholars Leadership Symposium in Thailand. Tell us about that.

That was truly momentous for me. I’ve followed the work of the United Nations as an organisation for a long time, so it was surreal to be involved in a symposium hosted by Humanitarian Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme. It was great to meet like-minded people from around the world and discuss topics that really interest me.

What do you love about studying at Waikato?

The support from my lecturers has been great – I feel like Waikato is very collaborative and my lecturers and tutors are very understanding of my extra-curricular activities and basketball in relation to my studies. Also, one of my favourite things about Waikato University is the campus. I love walking around the lake on a sunny day.

How have you changed in your time at Waikato?

My social skills have improved massively – Waikato is a really social University and I’ve become a lot better at talking to people. Also, through my studies I’ve developed my impromptu and public speaking skills.

You’re working on putting Mental Health messages into workbooks. Is mental health an area you want to work in after you graduate?

I’m working with another Waikato student to have exercise book-making companies print positive mental health messages on the outside backpage of school and uni exercise books – a space that’s usually left blank. As my degrees aren’t in social work or psychology I don’t think I could be directly involved in the mental health sector however, I would like to influence change through this campaign, as the issue of mental health is very close to my heart.

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

I’d like to get into development economics – a branch of economics that focuses on improving social and economic conditions in developing countries. I hope to one day go overseas for work to gain a better global perspective.

What would you advise students who are thinking about studying at Waikato?

Decide what you want out of your degree and go from there. Also try to start university with a can-do attitude, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

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