Michael advises to not be afraid of trying new things and to find a subject - like Computer Science - that genuinely interests you.
Programme: Bachelor of Science
Subjects: Computer Science and Psychology
“When I came to University I wasn’t sure what to major in but quickly took a liking to Computer Science for its challenging problem solving and the possible career opportunities. I didn’t want to take random courses throughout my degree, so I decided to take on a second major and picked up Psychology in my second semester. I decided to pursue Psychology because I’m interested in learning about how people think, interact and live together.
“While some people dread it, I enjoy group projects because I’m forced to interact and work with others. You are not going to get along with everyone, but if you have a strong group dynamic it doesn’t feel like you’re doing any work at all.
In the future I hope to be able to develop software that will be able to help people with everyday life.
“I enjoy my programme because of how flexible it can be. If you’re not sure what you want to study, there’s a wide range of subjects you can choose from. You can also choose some courses outside of your faculty if you are interested in courses that are less science based. For both of my majors, it’s possible to specialise in areas of interest in the second year.
“I grew up in Dannevirke, a small town. I chose to study at the University of Auckland because I wanted to learn from the best, but I also wanted to meet new people far away from home and experience the city life in Auckland.
“University is a very significant part of your life. You will learn to appreciate your time of being a student. It may seem very challenging at first, but chances are you are not alone in thinking that and you will have a lot of support from friends, tutors, lecturers and anyone else you meet around campus. You may not know what you want to do at first and may even change majors but that’s ok. Find something that genuinely interests you and don’t be afraid to try new things, you will learn more about yourself this way. Get involved and make the most of it!”