'You get to have fun while working on cool projects...'
Studying towards a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
While she agrees that the jump from high school to university can be a big one, Amy has made the move easier by throwing herself into the all-round student experience at UC.
‘I found that by joining clubs you get to meet others with similar interests,’ she says. ‘I joined UCMus and IEEE. With UCMus I’ve got to play a few gigs on campus, and with IEEE I’ve been involved in organising and running club events like quiz nights and barbecues. I go to a lot of events – one of the biggest the UCSA has put on was the Macklemore concert – plus Perfect Storm, Tea Party, the ENSOC ball, Chicago, the Music & Lawsoc revues, a Dalai Lama Q&A session, and the regular markets. I always keep an eye out for what is happening on campus – I really like the event venues here, they are wonderful places to hang out with friends.
‘Another great way to make friends is to just talk to the person sitting next to you in the lectures. Also, as a class rep, I have met a lot of awesome people in Electrical and Computer Engineering. We are really supportive of each other, and we have a few study groups going on throughout the year.’
Amy chose to study Electrical and Electronic Engineering because she likes how advances in technology can make a real difference to people.
‘Engineers are creative problem solvers,’ she says. ‘With Electrical and Electronic Engineering, you work on anything technology- or electricity-associated, and you will get so much more than you ever expect out of it. Don’t be put off doing Electrical Engineering – you get to have fun while working on cool projects.’
‘I did a couple of workshops at the start of the year, they really gave me some hands-on experience. There are also quite a few group assignments, which helped me further develop my teamwork and communication skills.’
Amy has taken the opportunity to gain further practical experience by working as an intern at local company Dynamic Controls, where her she is part of the systems verification team, doing anything from regulatory testing of electric wheelchairs to programming.
‘Engineering requires a lot of communication with other engineers who specialise in different areas, such as hardware, software and so on, and we work closely together as a team.’
Amy’s love of music has seen her become an accomplished pianist, and in her spare time she often plays as an accompanist and solo performer, a high point being a gig for a friend’s grandmother’s 100th birthday party.
Her academic skills and her contribution to UC’s community have been recognised with an invitation to join the Golden Key society. This follows several other awards and scholarships, including the UC Emerging Leaders’ Scholarship, through which Amy got involved in various voluntary projects. ‘We organised a fun day for the elderly and a concert at a rest home, and did other projects through the Student Volunteer Army.’
Originally from Taipei, Taiwan, Amy came to UC via St Margaret’s College in Christchurch, and hopes to go on to postgraduate study by taking a master’s degree after her BE(Hons). She would eventually like to specialise in IT or medical engineering, having always had an interest in science and technology in the health sector.