Kirsten Binnie loves being part of New Zealand’s only urban planning programme which focuses on designing usable, sustainable, public spaces.
"Urban Planning is a very broad degree which includes a lot of the subjects I'd been passionate about in high school; geography, history and design. We go on field trips to suburbs in Auckland and think about what we could do better, to make it safer, more pedestrian friendly, more attractive. Going back to the computer and using the maps to transform the city into a better place to live is really interesting.
"Our classes are quite tight-knit. We work in a studio environment, so we can easily work together and share ideas. The staff are really invested in your study; they know you by name and their doors are always open.
"I am involved with the University Christian Club, Student Life, which has been a great way of meeting students in other faculties, and they also connected me with another Urban Planning student, which has led to a lot of handy advice and insight!
"The University of Auckland is the only place in New Zealand to offer an Urban Planning degree and it's so relevant in Auckland at the moment. If you're interested in design and geography, I'd definitely recommend Urban Planning. You can find an aspect you will love and start to specialise in it."