Louise Potter – TFC and Bachelor of Education (Teaching)

Louise says studying the Tertiary Foundation Certificate (Education and Social Work pathway) in South Auckland was the perfect stepping stone from school to university.

Louise Potter – TFC and Teaching student

“When I finished high school, I knew I was interested in primary school teaching, but I didn’t feel ready for degree-level study at that time. The Tertiary Foundation Certificate was the perfect stepping stone to transition from school to university. It prepared me for undergraduate study, gave me a head start for the following year, and confirmed that teaching was the right career path for me.

“I chose to study at the South Auckland Campus because it was closer to home, with very accessible public transport. It’s a great environment there because everyone is welcoming, friendly and supportive. We are all on the same journey and no one gets left behind.

“A highlight of the TFC programme was learning about the New Zealand history of education. I also developed all the key study skills I needed for undergraduate study, with fantastic support from lecturers and other students. Reflecting on the experience, I can see that studying the TFC in South Auckland set me up perfectly to continue my studies.

“I’m now in my third year of the Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Primary specialisation, while balancing part-time work as a drama tutor. I really enjoy working with children and helping them learn, develop and to gain a love of learning.

“I’m already getting hands-on experience through practicums, and it’s been great to put what I’m learning into practice. I’m looking forward to becoming a primary teacher to make a difference and improve students’ lives, in the same way my teachers did for me when I was at school.”