Doctor of Philosophy candidate
The high calibre of academics is why Frank Bourgeois decided to move from Texas to Auckland.
“When my supervisor at Midwestern State University asked if I wanted to do my doctorate under the supervision of Professor Mike McGuigan, I jumped at the chance. Professor Mike McGuigan is a well-known authority on strength and conditioning, and highly respected in the US. I could not pass up the opportunity to study with him,” Frank says.
“Another thing that attracted to me to study at AUT was working with Associate Professor Nic Gill, who is also the head strength and conditioning coach for the All Blacks. There are so many highly respected academics at AUT’s School of Sport and Recreation.”
Like-minded and passionate people
Frank enjoys being surrounded by people who share his passion for strength and conditioning.
“There are so many people here who share the same interest, preventing injuries and making athletes better. I am also part of the Rugby Codes Interdisciplinary Research Group, which brings together staff and postgraduate students involved in rugby-related research,” says Frank who would like to get involved in college-level teaching when he finishes his PhD.
“I like that there is more flexibility here when it comes to postgraduate study, and I have enjoyed meeting people from all over the world. AUT has a genuinely global feel, and New Zealand is such a beautiful country.”
Advice for other students
His advice to other postgraduate students is to try and get a feel for AUT by contacting staff or students from their programme.
“Before I fully committed to moving to New Zealand, I exchanged emails with Professor Mike McGuigan as I wanted to get a feel for him. It is also a good idea to email a current student in your programme to find out what it is really like. I was fortunate enough to do this, and when I came to AUT I already had a good idea what to expect.”
He would also recommend making the most of AUT’s international student support services.
“When I first arrived in New Zealand that really helped me a lot. They helped me find out about accommodation and things like how public transport works in Auckland. If you are new to the country that can be a huge help.”
Last updated: 17-Jul-2017 2.50pm
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