3rd-year student, Bachelor of Arts in Event Management
She has always been interested in events, says Iselin Larsen who came to AUT as an international student from Norway.
“I chose to study event management because I’ve always had a passion for hosting and taking part in great events. There were no event management degrees in Norway, so I looked at other places in the world where I could study event management and New Zealand is one of the places that offers this degree.
“What I like about AUT is the diversity, the flexibility and the structure of the event management degree. The lecturers are skilled and full of knowledge, and the papers are interesting and cover aspects of events you may not have considered. I also like that I could add papers in business leadership to my degree, as I believe these skills will be handy for my future career.”
A love of extreme sports
Her dream career would be creating extreme sports events, Iselin says.
“I’d love to be part of extreme sports events in New Zealand, and to be able to meet world-class athletes and host major sporting events.”
She is already taking the first step towards fulfilling this goal.
“This summer, I’m completing my final-year workplace experience and was very interested in gaining some experience working on extreme sports events. I’m really excited to be working on the White Water XL event at the Vector Wero Whitewater Park, which is a major sporting event attracting the world’s best kayakers to Auckland.”
Advice for other students
Iselin, who will graduate next year, has some great advice for other students.
“My advice for other students is to develop good time management skills and to be open to meet other people. Be dedicated to your studies – the better you do, the more doors will open and it will build your foundations for the rest of your life. And don’t be afraid to ask questions, as the lecturers are there to help and guide you.”
There’s help available if you need, she adds.
“The biggest challenge for me has been my English. Being in a lecture can be hard when there are words you haven’t heard before and you’re trying to understand the whole picture. Fortunately, the lecturers have been really helpful when I asked for help. If there are times when you don’t understand something, just talk to your lecturers after class and ask them questions.”
Last updated: 31-Oct-2017 11.08am
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