Where majors and side hustles mix
Setting up side hustles and smashing out assignments: Here’s how Aziza balances her prospects at the University of Auckland.
From the start of Aziza’s journey, her path took some tinkering as she experimented with a variety of majors to find the one she vibed with most.
“I initially wanted to get into medicine, but that didn't work out. Then I had an epiphany, tried doing finance in my first year, and decided that wasn't for me either. I'm doing business analytics and marketing now, and I've never been this happy.”
Being the go-to photographer for hangouts, she’d often take post-worthy shots of mates, earning herself the nickname ‘the content creator’ in her friend group.
This gave Aziza a bit of inspiration for the road ahead. She began her side hustle shooting for start-ups, triggering a lightbulb moment to start her own content creation business while pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Auckland.
“I landed on marketing because I like the creative aspect of it, but I did want a balance between being technical and being creative; that's why I picked business analytics.”
I landed on marketing because I like the creative aspect of it, but I did want a balance between being technical and being creative; that's why I picked business analytics.
After figuring everything out, Aziza learned how important it is to nab opportunities when they make themselves known. She hammers home the significance of saying “yes” and not letting your inner critic stand in the way of what you want.
A life-changing “yes” came her way when checking out clubs related to her degree. Drawn to ‘Women in Business’, she started as a member, was promoted to secretary, and not long
after, scored the title of Co-President.
“Women in Business is a club here at the University of Auckland. It holds a very special place in my heart. I've met so many amazing people, amazing girls who are like-minded and super motivated, and now they're my best friends.”
Though course correction can be intimidating, Aziza shared some words of wisdom for those who feel a bit overwhelmed by the road ahead.
“Be very open. When I was 18, I didn't know what I wanted to do, and that’s completely okay. It's okay to pivot. It's okay to change your mind. It's okay to take your time to decide what you want to do with your life. Not everything will work out at first, but it will eventually.”