Rachel Lawson

Rachel (below right) has never got bored in a Geography lecture as it helps her understand the world around her.

Bachelor of Science, majoring in Geography on far right.

Key facts

Programme: Bachelor of Science
Subject: Geography

“I have always been interested in learning about the history and processes in life, and through geography I can understand the world around me.

"Like the different issues we are facing in the world and what things need to be done to make and prevent change. Issues like climate change or resource exploitation and allocation, and the growing divide between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’.

“I chose to study Geography at the University of Auckland because of its amazing laboratory and lecture facilities, and proximity to interesting natural landscapes.

“My interests lie in hazards, and Auckland has everything a geographer needs, from volcanoes, flooding and landslide hazards, to cliffs and tsunami risks.

Rachel Lawson

"I have been able to view case studies in my own backyard with field trips to Rangitoto and Waiheke Islands and Muriwai all showing vastly different landscapes within close proximity to uni.

“Studying Geography can take you to so many places, there are opportunities for domestic and international trips and you will never be bored in a Geography lecture.

"You can move away from essay heavy internals and stressful externals into practical skills, and sometimes even alternative assessments like video essays, self-driven projects and field based assignments.

“We also have a great community feel with a fantastic student organisation that can offer support, advice and events.”