3rd-year student, Bachelor of Health Science in Paramedicine
Attending the AUT open day was an eye-opening experience for her, says Grace Jennings who is currently in the final year of her Bachelor of Health Science in Paramedicine.
“When I was in high school, I knew that I wanted to do something in the medical field, but I didn’t know specifically what path I wanted to take. It wasn’t until I went to AUT LIVE, the AUT open day, in my final year of high school that I discovered that paramedicine was a degree option through AUT. I looked further into it and arranged a few ride-alongs in an ambulance, and very quickly fell in love with paramedicine.”
Being able to make a difference to people’s lives is what Grace loves most about paramedicine.
“Having a job that means I can help people and make a difference in their lives makes me very excited. I also appreciate the autonomy a career in paramedicine offers, as well as the idea of no two days of working being the same. I’m now in my final year and have never looked back. I’m so excited to graduate at the end of the year and start working on the road full-time.”
The right university environment
She would highly recommend AUT’s paramedicine degree to other students, says Grace who came to AUT from Kaikohe, supported by an AUT School Leaver Scholarship and an AUT Undergraduate Scholarship.
“If you have a passion for helping people, love a fast-paced environment and enjoy hands-on learning, I would 100% recommend this programme. Although it can be challenging at times, if you thrive off hard work it’s a very rewarding and exciting programme. AUT does an amazing job at balancing theory and book work, hands-on activities as well as a variety of clinical placements, which allow us to get a well-rounded understanding of what paramedicine is.”
The smaller class sizes have made it easy to get to know everyone in her degree, Grace says.
“By the third year, going to campus became my safe space as there was always a familiar face. Everyone was super supportive of one another and always willing to help. This included the lecturers and tutors who are only an email away if unable to meet in person. The family vibe of studying on the AUT South Campus is what’s going to make leaving university very difficult. But I’m incredibly excited to see everyone’s future endeavours and successes following graduation.”
Advice for other students
Now in the final year of her studies, Grace has some great advice for other students.
“The paramedicine degree is definitely challenging at times and there will most likely be times in your studies when you start to second guess whether you’re cut out for the job. My best advice for that is to trust the process. The degree is laid out in a way that sets you up really well for the future. One step at a time and you will get there.”
Make sure you use the resources you are offered, she adds.
“AUT has a range of support resources to help you excel in your studies. AUT is a university that takes mental health very seriously and they’re always so willing to help students cope with any stress or anxiety. At the end of the day, they just want to make sure you’re achieving to your best ability and are enjoying your time at AUT.”