Marita Nakamura Brekkaa
Marita comes from Norway and is studying towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Education.
“I have always been interested in studying human beings as well as wanting to work with them. During my second year of a Bachelor in Physiotherapy at the University College of Oslo & Akershus, an introductory course in Psychology made me realise that was what I wanted to study. I did a one-year course in Psychology at the University of Bergen, and now I am finishing my bachelors degree at the University of Auckland.”
I have found the teaching and academic staff here very helpful and of good quality. The tutorials are especially useful and the tutors have been great – very approachable.
“I enjoy how everything is within walking distance at the City Campus. In my spare time I’ll occasionally treat myself to a concert or performance, art exhibition or museum. Since being in Auckland I have resurrected an interest in dancing – the ballet classes at the University recreation centre have functioned as an interest boost.
“From December 2016 to December 2017, I was Chair of the Association of Norwegian Students Abroad (ANSA) in New Zealand. ANSA has shut down now, but it was very helpful to me during the University application process, and I was happy to be a part of that support for other Norwegian students in New Zealand.
“Studying in a different country introduces you to a completely different perspective in terms of culture, language and education system, and also puts your home country in a whole new light. If you are considering studying at the University of Auckland, then I’d say just do it.”