Amanda Nodder

Amanda Nodder

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

She has always been interested in understanding people, society and the institutions that govern them, says Amanda Nodder who is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Social Sciences.

“I wanted a career where I could work towards improving people’s quality of life. I’d definitely recommend studying conflict resolution and social sciences. You can expand your mind beyond your pre-sets, and learn how to become a better human and citizen to participate in a society you want to do better. The knowledge you acquire is so transferrable and it will enable you to converse and debate on a higher level.”

Now in the final year of her degree, Amanda already has a good idea how she sees her future.

“I’m currently working as a Youthline youth worker, and would like to be more involved with Youthline to manaaki our rangatahi to live their best life. Eventually, I’d also like to work in restorative justice, mediation or negotiation for cases of sexual violence at Project Restore.”

The right university environment
For Amanda, there have been many highlights throughout her time at AUT.

“One thing I’ve really enjoyed is the group of supportive friends I’ve met. We’ve followed each other through multiple courses since the first semester at university. I feel this has really cemented our learning and given us the opportunity to learn from other perspectives.

“I also really like the library and the incredible team there. They’re so readily available and supportive to help us source readings or teach us ways of working. I absolutely love walking through the aisles and aisles of books and spending time in the library – it’s a place of knowledge!”

She has also been impressed by her lecturers.

“AUT has a number of thought leaders in the social sciences space. My lecturers like Associate Professor Jane Verbitsky, Associate Professor Camille Nakhid, Dr David Hall, Dr Kate Nicholls, Dr Laumua Tunufa'I, Dr Oksana Opara and Associate Professor Love Chile have provided opportunities of growth. Their teaching style challenged us to think bigger; to think more about contextual situations that affect people and society. That has helped shape my path following university.”

Advice for other students
Expecting to graduate in 2022, Amanda has some great advice for other students.

“Work together. In the workforce you’re constantly working with others and multiple resources, so seek out the library, organise a study group and learn about digital tools now so employers don’t have to feel they have to equip you with basic admin skills when you start working. AUT has all of these resources that you have access to, so utilise everything.”

She also stresses the importance of staying organised.

“My advice would be to make up a calendar of deadlines and tasks to keep yourself on track throughout the semester.”

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