High School Leavers Ready For University

Tuakau College graduate Tina-Marie Critchley, Fangu Fahina from Pukekohe High School and Wesley College’s Terry-Lee Ah-Sui

Tuakau College graduate Tina-Marie Critchley, Fangu Fahina from Pukekohe High School and Wesley College’s Terry-Lee Ah-Sui

Year 13 high school leavers from the Franklin area have been gearing up for university at UniPrep, a university preparation experience offered over summer at the AUT South Campus in Manukau.

UniPrep is a full-time, on-campus six week programme designed to ease
students into university life and ensure new students get the best start
possible. Students take part in a mix of academic numeracy and literacy
workshops, team building activities and university life experiences.

Fangu Fahina from Pukekohe High School, Tuakau College graduate Tina-Marie Critchley and Wesley College’s Terry-Lee Ah-Sui attended UniPrep, which is driven by a team of mentors, university students who are committed to support participants through UniPrep, and a in their transition to on-going studies.

While all agree that the experience helped them make new friends, each
student was able to take a different experience from the course.

For Tina-Marie, Uni-Prep has helped established her confidence for studying Bachelor of Design, majoring in Digital Design, at AUT.
“UniPrep has been an amazing experience, and I definitely don’t regret
spending six whole weeks of my summer holidays at university. I’m definitely getting used to the feel of university life now. I’m not feeling so shy!”

For Fangu, UniPrep has given her the confidence to ace her Bachelor of
Sport and Recreation studies at AUT South Campus this year. “When it comes to getting a head-start at university, taking part in UniPrep was the best decision hands down. It’s helped me meet heaps of new people, and I’m learning team-building and social skills that I know will set me up well for this next stage of my life. I am now looking forward to university.”

Terry-Lee will be starting his Bachelor of Science studies this year,
majoring in Engineering at AUT, and says that the UniPrep experience was
better than what was expected. “I actually didn’t really know what to expect when I registered for the programme. It’s fun, I’m getting even better at my numeracy and literacy skills, and I’ve really enjoyed meeting students from all over New Zealand. We also have a great team of mentors helping us out; they’re uni students themselves so they know first-hand what the whole uni experience is like.”

Veronica Ng Lam, UniPrep Project Manager, says that university in itself
can be a daunting experience. “UniPrep is all about getting our young Year 13 school leavers ready for the next big stage of their education – university.“We’re here to alleviate any concerns students starting university for the first time may have, before they start their first
semester. We’re not just helping them learn the skills they need to make
in at university, but we’re also helping them establish whether university is the right pathway for them. At the end of the day we want to see all these students succeed in life, no matter which path they take,” she said.

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