Ben Crisp

Ben Crisp

3rd-year student, Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts

He enjoys the freedom the Bachelor of Arts offers him, says Ben Crisp who is currently in the final year of a Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts, with a minor in history.

“What I’ve enjoyed the most about my studies is being able to learn a variety of things as part of my degree – from practical food subjects to history papers or Māori language papers. The variety is quite freeing.

“Eventually I would like to work as a food technology teacher, and the Bachelor of Arts gives me a couple of pathways to go forward after I’ve finished my degree. I would definitely recommend this programme because you can study a wide range of topics while still focusing on a specific career pathway.”

Pursuing his love of history
Ben jumped at the chance to include history papers as part of his studies.

“History has always been a keen hobby of mine, and if I want to train as a secondary school teacher I need a second teachable subject, in addition to food technology. History seemed like a great option, so I decided to pick up some papers.”

He has enjoyed being able to focus on the topics he is most interested in, Ben says.

“The history papers are largely research based, so I can concentrate on what I want to learn and can explore the things I find interesting about a particular topic.”

Advice for other students
Now in the final year of his Bachelor of Arts, Ben has some great advice for other students.

“My advice would be to get involved in extracurricular activities outside of university.

“Studying can be very lonely at time, and the only way to make friends or enjoy yourself socially is to put yourself out there.”

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