What do you study?
I’ve just finished my undergrad doing a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Economics and Finance and I’m about to start on a Masters of Commerce in Economics and Finance.
Did you always plan to study Econ/Finc at UC?
Not completely. In my last year of high school, I wanted to study engineering. But after realising I didn’t actually enjoy the sciences I decided on economics because I liked it a lot more at school. After hearing about average job prospects for economics students, I decided to add finance to supplement my studies. I’ve always enjoyed economics and understanding how people and the world function.
Have you enjoyed your time at UC?
I have definitely enjoyed my time at UC! The highlight was my exchange to Purdue University in Indiana in the United States. It was such a fun experience for me. University over there is completely different to in NZ! Purdue is in a town where the students make up half the population, so the atmosphere was a whole new experience. I went to heaps of football, basketball, and volleyball games. It was certainly odd to see paratroopers dropping from planes with red, white, and blue smoke blowing behind them, to land next to a 50-metre-long American flag. It was still a cool experience non-the-less.
What are your goals for 2019?
I want to make the most of all opportunities given to me. I also want to focus on my studies and really push myself to see what I can do. I’m also the Events Manager for the Student Volunteer Army this year so I really want to get involved with the club and get a good turnout at events to see our hard work payoff
What do you do for Student Volunteer Army?
I do quite a range of things! At the moment we’re organising the Big Give event which we’re hoping will be a great event! My tasks vary a lot; at the moment I’m organising portaloos for an event but usually I’d just be planning the different events we run and co-ordinating with different people to make sure they run smoothly!
What do you want to be doing in 10 years?
I don’t think many people really know where they want to be in 10 years but I have aspirations of progressing in whatever career I have chosen at that point. I may be looking for a change, I may love my job. I just hope that 31-year-old me is happy with what she’s doing!
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I’d go to England first - I have some family over there that I’d love to see again. After that, I think I’d like to go to Canada! I visited while in the states and I’d love to go back when I’m not on such a tight budget. I think Switzerland would also be super cool to visit!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
To be honest, I watch a lot of nature documentaries! It’s not something I put on my CV but if you need some mildly interesting facts about giant cats in Africa, I am your person. I must have a secret passion for David Attenborough’s voice. I also play a bit of social sport - I played indoor netball and football over summer with the other Reserve Bank interns! We absolutely sucked and probably won maybe one game, but it was a nice way to wind down after work!