April Kerslake

April Kerslake

Student, Master of Health Science in Psychology
Bachelor of Health Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Health Science in Psychology

She has always been fascinated by psychology and brain science, says April Kerslake who is currently completing a Master of Health Science in Psychology.

“My dream career would be working as a clinical psychologist for youth at juvenile prisons. I would definitely recommend studying psychology at AUT at undergraduate and postgraduate level because the lecturers genuinely care about your learning and progression. The lecturers are experienced in their fields of psychology and in lecturing at a tertiary level, which makes the university process so much easier.

“I've never been in a class where I haven't been able to ask someone for help and I've never felt alone at AUT. I've enjoyed all the amazing people I’ve met along the way, and have had some amazing lecturers that I look up to immensely. I know that no matter where I am in the world, I'll be able to use all the things that AUT has taught me.”

A love of te reo
She also enjoyed being able to learn te reo Māori as part of her degree, April says.

“I studied te reo Māori as part of my Bachelor of Health Science in Psychology, which gave me knowledge that could be utilised throughout a number of my undergraduate and postgraduate papers. I love te reo Māori and how beautiful it is. I’ve always wanted to learn it and I knew that AUT has an amazing zero fees programme, which is a great way to help people learn te reo and increase the number of New Zealanders who can speak this language.”

She appreciates learning in an environment that emphasizes diversity and open-mindedness, she says.

“AUT is amazingly multi-cultural and accepting, with opportunities suited to anyone. I believe that this mentality of completely embracing people from all backgrounds will definitely go far and help change the world.”

Advice for other students
Now studying a Master of Health Science, April has some great advice for other students.

“Without sounding cliché, take every opportunity given to you. Don't do tomorrow what can be done today. Stay on top of everything and never be afraid to ask for help, because at the end of the day, everyone is in the same position as you and the lecturers are used to being asked for help. That's what they're there for.”

Like many students she first found university a little daunting, she admits.

“The biggest challenge I faced at AUT was definitely getting to know people as none of my friends went to AUT and I didn’t know a single person when I started. But I soon realised there were so many people in the exact same position as me. AUT has really close-knit classes and tutorials so everyone gets to know each other, and it's so easy to make friends.

“The postgraduate programmes also come with perks like a postgrad study room. The classes are a lot smaller too, so everyone is your friend, we have lunch together and even hang out outside of uni.”

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