2nd year student, Bachelor of Sport and Recreation & Bachelor of Business
Fin Barnett is an elite athlete who gives 100% to student life, his sporting accomplishments and study achievements. Fin’s enthusiasm means he’s open to the many opportunities offered at AUT. He was recognised with an AUT Blues Award for touch and next year he’s aiming for the overall top athlete award.
“I’m a touch player through and through. I’ve been pretty lucky these last few years to have heaps of cool opportunities to play the game I love with my mates, involving captaining the NZ Under 18 Boys to a silver medal at the Youth World Cup 2018, playing in the NZ Warriors men’s touch team, and now being a part of the NZ Under 20s and Open Men’s New Zealand squad since 2018. The latter is probably my highest achievement for the sport. My next focus is getting into the team for the NZ Open Men’s for the next Trans-Tasman competition in April next year.”
Fin is studying a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation as well as a Bachelor of Business. He chose to study what he enjoys learning about – while also keeping his future career options in mind. Fin is pleased that his degree courses are varied in the approach to learning.
“I’ve loved the hands-on approach AUT takes, through group work and getting to know lots of different people. We do heaps of different things here - for example, we went on a sailing trip and learned about leadership which I think is crazy cool for any paper!”
Support to succeed
AUT understands the commitment of students to juggle their sporting careers with university study, Fin says.
He is grateful for the specialist support from Bruce Meyer and the athlete support team. If Fin has any major sporting commitments that could impact on his coursework, he’s able to apply for special consideration to obtain revised deadlines. This reduces stress levels and allows elite athletes like Fin to successfully balance their focus on both sport and study.
“I’ve always been tied up in a million things, which I love because I’m always busy and doing something. Coming to uni, I thought two degrees would take my life away, but it’s balanced really well. It’s actually nowhere as near hard as people would think or make out to be.
“I make notes of when all my commitments are and, as lame as it sounds, use a diary and calendar when I have heaps of things on so I can see and prioritise what needs doing based on where I’m at.”
Advice for other students
Fin feels that university is a much bigger life experience than just studying from books. His advice to other students is to actively seek and take opportunities.
“I think uni is about growing holistically. There are classes, but there are also new people to meet, things to do, and heaps of awesome experiences and opportunities other than just papers.
“A great example is the X Challenge competition for entrepreneurs I’ve recently taken part in where me and my mate made the top 8 from over 250 students. We took a great idea and had a great time developing it, and meeting like-minded students – and thanks to that, @flatessentials will be launching in 2020 to help solve flatting problems.”