Master of Teaching and Learning student
Bachelor of Design in Communication Design
She has always known she wanted to teach, says Kenzie Lynas who came to AUT to study a Bachelor of Design, and is now enrolled in a Master of Teaching and Learning.
“I’ve known for years that teaching was a career I would love, but first wanted to pursue my love for art and design. I enrolled in AUT’s Bachelor of Design in Communication Design, supported by a Vice-Chancellor’s Significant Student Scholarship. My final-year project was even nominated for a Best Design Award. Once I graduated with my design degree in 2019, I decided to move towards a teaching career through the Master of Teaching and Learning.”
Having already completed her bachelor’s degree at AUT, Kenzie found it easy to choose where to do her postgraduate study.
“I knew first-hand about the level of support and care available to students, and didn’t want to study somewhere without it. I also knew that AUT programmes focus on a hands-on, practical framework, which was a key reason to continue my studies here.”
Creating passionate teachers
The growth she has experienced throughout the Master of Teaching and Learning was well beyond her expectations, Kenzie says.
“The lectures and content are fantastic, and I’ve felt incredibly supported throughout both the tricky coursework and finding my feet on the teaching practicums. The programme takes every student’s strengths and prior experiences and builds on them, fostering a huge range of capable and passionate teachers who really love what they do.”
While there were lots of insightful and impactful lectures throughout the year, learning about developing a growth mindset was a lightbulb moment for Kenzie.
“Not only was this a hugely valuable tool to have as a teacher, but it also shifted my own approach to learning and led to a whole new level of understanding and engagement with the coursework.”
Advice for other students
Expecting to complete her studies at the end of the year, Kenzie has some great advice for other students.
“My advice would be to just get stuck in. It’s a big workload, but it’s so, so worth it if you give it 100%. Everyone here wants to see you succeed!”
The staff go out of their way to make sure students are on the right track, she adds.
“COVID-19 had a huge impact on what the programme looked like, and cast a big shadow of doubt over whether we’d all graduate on track. The academic staff were absolutely fantastic in how they handled the switch to online learning, and made sure we were all feeling confident and on track.”