Daniel Beetham

Daniel Beetham

3rd-year student, Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences

With a dream to one day influence public policy, studying social sciences is the perfect choice for Daniel Beetham who is studying a Bachelor of Arts.

“I would love to be involved in public policy as a policy analyst, and I like thinking about the bigger picture questions. Why do we do the things we do in society? What are the differences between societies? How can we make our society better?”

While his passion for the social sciences is evident, the road to university wasn’t always straightforward, Daniel admits.

“After secondary school, I started my career in the New Zealand Army as an electronic technician, and was deployed to Timor Leste. I’ve travelled extensively, including across much of Latin America, Asia, New Zealand and Australia, and had a successful IT career in Melbourne.”

Choosing the right path
Daniel came to AUT after living in Melbourne for several years.

“I wanted to move back to Auckland to study, and I found AUT’s application process much easier and user-friendly than the systems at other universities.”

Planning his degree has been a bit of challenge, he admits.

“I started halfway through the year and changed majors after the first semester. I also wanted to include different papers as part of my Bachelor of Arts. Fortunately, my programme leader, Dr Carol Neill, and the student administrators have been really great in helping me understand what papers I need to complete to graduate.”

Knowledgeable and inspiring
The interaction with the lecturers and tutors has been a highlight for him, says Daniel who won the Dean’s Award for Achievement in Social Sciences last year.

“They have a wealth of knowledge, and it’s a great environment for questioning everything. I also enjoy having the opportunity to explore your own thinking, and that of others – from Plato and Aristotle to contemporary philosophers, as well as your lecturers and classmates. I would definitely recommend this degree.”

His advice for other students is to study something you’re passionate about.

“Find what you’re passionate about! Students who are passionate about what they learn both love what they do and achieve great results,” says Daniel who works as a peer mentor in addition to his studies and loves sharing his passion for the social sciences with other students.

Last updated: 14-Jul-2017 2.34pm

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