3rd-year student, Bachelor of Business in Economics & Bachelor of Sport and Recreation in Exercise Science and Nutrition
She has always been passionate about sports, health and wellbeing, says Katie Donovan who is currently studying business and sport and recreation at AUT.
“When I was growing up, I was involved in a lot of sports and physical activities, and I’ve always enjoyed staying active.
“I would like to have a career where I’m involved in health promotion and can help individuals change their lifestyles. My studies are preparing me well for this goal.”
An engaging learning environment
She has thoroughly enjoyed learning about different perspectives on health and wellbeing, Katie says.
“AUT is well-known for being hands-on and enabling students to apply their knowledge in practical settings, and I’ve had quite a few practical classes. A lot of the lecturers are very engaging and helpful, and good at getting students involved and interested in their subjects.”
Studying exercise science and nutrition has been eye-opening, she says.
“I like the lifestyle diseases and nutrition papers because they’re very different and cover information you may not have considered before. I’ve found these papers very thought-provoking.”
Advice for other students
Follow your passion, Katie advises other students.
“My advice for other students would be to study something you’re passionate about. Don’t worry too much about what career pays the most; you’ll find that it’s so much easier to succeed if you’re interested and passionate about the subjects you’re studying.”
She would highly recommend studying sport and recreation at AUT.
“You learn a lot of different things in this degree, and throughout your studies you’ll develop a new perspective on health and wellbeing.”