Joseph Peni gets great satisfaction from helping his peers to understand key concepts in Mathematics and Chemistry.
Programme: Bachelor of Science majoring in Chemistry and Applied Mathematics
“I work part-time as a qualified phlebotomist at Labtests in Mangere, where I carry out a variety of investigations as required by GPs for their patients – from blood samples to urine and faeces samples, and skin scrapings to sputum samples.
“I also continue to work part-time as a Tuākana tutor for Chemistry and Maths at the University – a role that I am particularly passionate about and, alongside my phlebotomist role, enables me to encounter different work environments on a daily basis.
“I first became a Tuākana tutor during the second year of my degree, for the core maths course MATHS108. I continued in this role for eight years, and in 2011 I joined the Tuākana team in Chemical Sciences as both a tutor and a lab supervisor for Stage I Chemistry courses.
“My favourite part of being a tutor has been the fact that I can help my younger Māori and Pacific peers, and help them to understand key concepts that they at first found difficult. I get great satisfaction when I see a student walk out the door with a better understanding of maths or chemistry than what they had when they arrived.
"It’s also been a great privilege to cross paths with some incredible lecturers and tutors in both Maths and Chemistry, who have given me the opportunity to not only broaden my knowledge but give back in some ways to my community.
“As a student, I also used the Tuākana room a lot – I found it was a great environment to both study in, and make new friendships.
"I also really enjoyed going along as a student to tutorials – because it was a fun and relaxed environment that I was comfortable to ask for help in.”