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Nikita Day - Ngāti Tama, Te Atiawa
Get to know Nikita Day,
Law, Economics and Statistics

What are you studying?

I’ve actually changed courses since I started. I was doing Law and Accounting, but now I’ve switched Accounting for Economics and Statistics because I loved my first year Statistics paper so much.

Has it been easy to change as you go?

Yeah! The staff have been great. It was easy to go into the office and say ‘hey, I'm stuck, can you help?’ They had it sorted within 15 minutes. I always thought it was bad to change your mind. But UC has shown me that it’s okay to change and try new things as you go.

What’s been a highlight of your study?

I did a project-based internship at Fab Lab around financial sustainability. I built them an economic analysis tool in Google Docs. It was really good to see how the theories we learn in class can apply to a business setting. It gives you direction for your study.

How would you rate UC’s academic side?

Highly! The lecturers are very intelligent people. They’re really willing to discuss things with you and make sure you understand the course material. I love the smaller classes and tutorials where there’s a lot of debate and interaction. It’s good to hear other people’s opinions as you form your own views.

"I think it's good to help Māori students find their place early on. "

And the fun side?

There’s a lot of fun going on! A lot of the smaller clubs have events for people like me who don't drink. They’re a great way to get to know people. I didn’t think I would fit in because I'm quite academic. But I've managed to find my way at UC.

How else have you got involved?

This year I’ve started Tuākana mentoring first year students. I think it's good to help Māori students find their place early on. Mentoring has taught me how to develop professional, supportive relationships. I've learnt that sharing knowledge is one of the coolest things you can do.

How would you describe UC overall?

It’s a really open university. The people are amazing and there’s a place for everybody. I had never really considered myself a ‘people person’ before, but I've managed to become one at UC.

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