Rosie Lee (Ngāi Tahu) Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Education

The opportunity to study a broad range of courses including health promotion appealed to Rosie Lee's motivation to help people improve their wellbeing.

Rosie Lee's passion for health and fitness found a focus in her degree.

"I chose the Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Education because it didn’t focus purely on exercise science or physical activity. Instead, it had a range of topics related to health, including food education and sexuality education.

“I’ve always had a passion for health and fitness. I grew up bush walking and mountain biking, playing any sport I could. We had a big vege garden and were always fed a wholesome diet.

“I’m in my final year of the degree, working part-time as a swimming teacher, and casually as a Pouwhirinaki (academic support person) for the University of Auckland.

“I’m focusing on health promotion. My motivation has always been to help people. Raised by my father, I grew up with very little material wealth. Because of my circumstances, I have profound empathy for disadvantaged groups. I am motivated to get into health promotion so that I have the opportunity to work alongside communities to help improve their lives in tangible and sustainable ways."

I’ve been overwhelmed with the support of the lecturers and tutors here.

Rosie Lee Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Education student

"During my first year we were offered many additional support services, including a mentoring programme, academic support (Pouwhirinaki), and access to numerous academic advisers. I attended academic support wānanga and other academic workshops throughout my first year. I really enjoyed the wānanga. They were a great opportunity to get to know other people in the cohort, as well as gain academic confidence through revision.

“Through the degree I’m gaining a broadened understanding of the world and its inhabitants; the ability to form and communicate a reasoned argument; and some great friends. I’ve also learned to think critically about issues and acknowledge multiple perspectives on certain issues.

“After graduating I hope to get a job in the field of health promotion. As much as the thought exhausts me (studying is hard work!), I do think I will be back for future study in the not-so-far-away future!”