Where Ancient History meets hidden gems
A taste of Ancient History: How Malisa unwinds with the delicacies of Ōtāhuhu.
Growing up in Manurewa, Malisa always wanted to follow in her Mum’s footsteps and graduate from the University of Auckland.
As a kid, she was a huge fan of the Percy Jackson movies, packed to the brim with Greek gods, goddesses and deities. This kicked off her interest to study a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History and Ancient History.
“The myths that they portray in the movies were so interesting, so I took Ancient History in high school. But in university I was like, ‘Oh, this is my opportunity to make a degree out of it and study both', so I'm glad that I was able to.”
During her time at the University of Auckland, Malisa also became interested in becoming a tertiary professor of African American History, shouting out Associate Professor Jennifer Frost.
“She is so amazing; she did a paper on African American history. For so long I was really unsure as to what I wanted to do with my degree, but coming across Jennifer and that paper has really allowed me to explore my options and desire to become a professor.”
Coming across the right lecturers, the right tutors and the right subjects really helped influence my decision on what I want to do. If I'm not with my family or with my friends, there's just no better way to spend my time than with these people. I feel myself. I can be myself.
For those who are a little uncertain about study, Malisa offers some solid affirmations, “Coming across the right lecturers, the right tutors and the right subjects really helped influence my decision on what I want to do.”
“If I'm not with my family or with my friends, there's just no better way to spend my time than with these people. I feel myself. I can be myself.”
When she’s not studying, Malisa loves to head over to her favourite South Auckland spot, Ōtāhuhu Food City—for a cheeky butter chicken and naan.
“If home had a smell, it would be this food court. I've come here a couple of times with my mum, so it's just a great spot to hang out with family, with friends, with work friends too. Just with anyone.”
Between bites, she has her eyes firmly set on graduating alongside Mum. “There’ll be two degrees hanging up on that wall soon."