Ben Alsop-ten Hove
Moving to Auckland from rural Canterbury was a big change for Ben Alsop-ten Hove. But with the support of university services, he was able to complete his medical degree.
"All my family are from rural Canterbury, so it was a big step coming to Auckland. The thing I was most worried about was getting stuck there. However, during the medical programme, I spent a year in Waikato, Taranaki and Whangārei, and blocks of time in Hawera, Kaitaia, Ashburton and even Tobago. I value the time I’ve spent across the diversity of communities I’ve worked with.
The Regional Rural Admission Scheme (RRAS) is incredibly important because it supports the entrance of more rural people into healthcare professions. This not only ensures that our medical and health workforces are representative of our society, but also leverages the fact that rural people are more likely to go on to serve rural communities.
"University support services are vital. If you are in a university residence, your resident advisor (someone who lives you in your hall with the express job description of supporting you) will help you navigate the many support services available. If you choose not to live in a hall, then a little googling will suffice. The University can help out, whether you need support financially, with your physical or mental wellbeing, or your academics."