Hera Foley

Hera Foley

2nd-year student, Bachelor of Arts in Criminology
Certificate in Social Sciences

Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Raukawa

She dreams of a career in forensics, says Hera Foley who is studying a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology.

“When I complete my Bachelor of Arts, I’d like to work for the police for a few years and then complete postgraduate study in forensics. My ultimate career would be forensics print analysis.”

Hera has already completed the first step towards her dream career: completing the Certificate in Social Sciences.

“I enrolled in the Certificate in Social Sciences because it’s great preparation for the Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, and I need a criminology degree for my future career. After completing the Certificate in Social Sciences, I’m now in the second year of my criminology degree.”

The path to success
It’s a decision she hasn’t regretted, Hera says.

“I enjoyed the Certificate in Social Sciences because the papers I studied enabled me to enhance my researching, writing and literary skills. This prepared me well for the Bachelor of Arts because I wasn’t sure how to write university level essays until I studied the certificate.”

She would highly recommend the Certificate in Social Sciences, Hera says.

“I would definitely recommend this certificate. Studying social sciences has given me the tools to progress further in my studies. Without the support from the academic staff I wouldn’t be studying criminology today.”

Advice for other students
Hera, who is in the second year of her Bachelor of Arts, has some great advice for other students.

“Be prepared and make sure you have good time management skills. I also found it’s important to have good connections with other students, and to ask your teachers a lot of questions.”

There is plenty of support available if you need it, she adds.

“The biggest challenge I’ve faced at AUT has been submitting quality assessments. After every assessment, my grades get better, but this is due to my teachers supporting me and giving me feedback that has enabled me to progress.”