Ari Kingi

Ari Kingi

Master of Arts student
Bachelor of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Criminology
Certificate in Social Sciences

Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi

Ari Kingi never saw herself as a university student, until her mum convinced her to enrol in a Certificate in Social Sciences.

"I chose the Certificate in Social Sciences because I didn't get University Entrance, but I knew completing the certificate would provide that bridge for me to pursue higher education while getting a taste of what university is like."

Ari recommends the certificate as an introduction to university life without committing to a longer degree.

"I recommend the certificate as often as I can. Not only because it affords students that extra time to settle into university, but it also enables them to continue on to their desired undergraduate programmes," she says.

Going further
Ari then went on to obtain her Bachelor of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Criminology, and is now studying for her Master of Arts. One day she hopes to work for the United Nations.

"I chose to continue on to postgraduate study because I was intrigued by the idea that I could conduct my own research – that I could ask a question and find an answer for it. I also realised, that in order to further my career, I needed to pursue further education," she says.

Prizes and surprises
In 2011, Ari was awarded a Māori and Pacific High Achiever Award from the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy, and in 2013 she received the Dean's Award for Criminology. But she says her biggest achievement has been something else entirely.

"The biggest challenge I've faced at AUT was becoming a mum during my undergraduate studies. My family is my biggest support system but my lecturers have also been supportive of me juggling work, studies and motherhood to ensure that I succeed."

The supportive environment at AUT has helped her succeed, Ari says.

"The people are what I've enjoyed the most. I've made great friendships during my time at AUT, both with classmates and lecturers, and they have helped guide me to where I am today."

Last updated: 14-Jul-2017 2.35pm

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