Sport without sacrifice.
Hayley Saunders
Get to know Hayley Saunders,
Social Work

What brought you to UC?

I’m originally from Gore, but I play netball for the Mainland Tactix. I was studying distance at Otago, but I really wanted the campus experience so I switched to UC. I’m hugely passionate about sport. I love watching netball, I love playing netball. I guess I'm a wee bit obsessed!

Has it been hard to juggle sport and study?

It's hard, but it's not unachievable. I’ve definitely had to become more organised. It's taught me to think ahead. Something as simple as packing your bag for five different things the next day. But it's definitely doable. UC makes it achievable.

How does UC help you manage the balance?

I'm in the Social Work department, and they’re super understanding. They know that I’ll do what’s expected of me and come to everything I possibly can. In return they might record a lecture for me if I've missed it, or give me an extension if I've been away for a week.

What do you think of the campus?

Really great. It's integrated, there’s a great community feel and sense of cohesion. There are a lot of social opportunities too. I find that the atmosphere here puts me in the right frame of mind for learning. Being around like-minded people and having facilities like the library and study rooms allows me to stay focused on my studies.

"I find that the atmosphere here puts me in the right frame of mind for learning."

What are your impressions of Christchurch and Canterbury?

I love it! I moved here after the earthquakes. There’s a really good balance of outdoorsy stuff, plus you've got your city hub which is growing and growing. There’s the beach, and cafés are popping up all over the show. Christchurch is full of the excitement and buzz of new things. It’s home for me now.

What are your hopes for the future?

Ultimately I’d love to get a Silver Ferns trial this season. Anything on top of that would be a bonus!

Would you recommend UC?

Definitely. Especially for people like me, who are into their sport. Here you can integrate everything, you don’t have make sacrifices. They make it easy at UC.

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