Nikita Larissa Lucritia Ting - Tertiary Foundation Certificate

The Tertiary Foundation Certificate gave Nikita a taste of university study, while developing her passion for teaching. Now she’s an early childhood educator and loves building relationships with children and helping them grow.

“I chose the Tertiary Foundation Certificate because it was a great opportunity to get into the University of Auckland and explore the range of courses offered.

“After studying children’s development, and discovering how teachers can support children in defeating limiting beliefs and growing their self-efficacy, I decided to become a teacher.

The Tertiary Foundation Certificate prepared me for the Bachelor of Education (Teaching) by exposing me to the demands of a university semester and helping me identify my strengths and weaknesses.

Nikita Larissa Lucritia Ting Graduate, Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Early Childhood Education specialisation

“Now I work as an early childhood educator at The Tree House, Middlemore Hospital. I enjoy building relationships with the children and exploring their interests with them. As a teacher, I can guide children, while also learning alongside them. I can find creative ways to extend their learning within their interests and develop my knowledge of certain topics I hadn’t explored before.

“The most rewarding thing about my job is being a part of a child’s growth and development, especially in the areas they find challenging; from making friends or regulating their emotions, to comprehending a new topic.

“To anyone who isn’t sure if they want to study, my advice would be to enrol in the Tertiary Foundation Certificate to get a sense of where your interests and strengths lie, and what your area of study may be!”