Leah Wilton

Leah Wilton

3rd-year student, Bachelor of Design Te Tohu Paetahi mō te Hoahoa in Communication Design with a minor in Creative Entrepreneurship

She first developed an interest in graphic design when she was in high school, says Leah Wilton who is studying communication design with a minor in Creative Entrepreneurship.

“I wanted to pursue a career and further my education in this field and, after doing a lot of research, I could see that the design degree at AUT seemed to tick all the boxes and was the best fit for me. After researching all of my university study options, AUT stood out for its modern approach and the support networks within the university. I also love Auckland and was excited to study in the heart of Auckland City and change my lifestyle after coming from Palmerston North..”

Leah says receiving an AUT Welcome to Auckland Scholarship made the move to uni and to another city much easier.

“Starting university can be daunting; especially with the added stress of moving cities all by yourself. My scholarship supported me by covering my first-year student accommodation rent and the course fees. This helped me put more time and focus into my studies without worrying too much about affording the expenses that come with being an adult in a new city.”

Feeling welcome
There’s something for everyone at AUT, Leah says.

“No matter what you do or who you are, AUT is very inclusive and supportive. The student support systems are great, and you always feel welcome to go and receive any form of help while studying. The people I’ve met, the facilities available on campus for students and my course itself have all been highlights of my time here.”

She is also grateful for being able to access support and advice to prepare for the move from university to her career.

“When I entered my final year, I started to worry a bit about heading into the workforce soon and wanted to be prepared. Where I hope to see myself heading after I graduate is creating brand strategies, storytelling and crafting visual identities for communities and businesses. AUT’s Employability Lab has been a great support and a resource to help me build confidence and get advice to become set up for what’s to come post-degree.”

Advice for other students
Now in the final year of her studies, Leah has some great advice for other students.

“Just believe in your ability and try not to compare yourself to others. Even though you’re in the same course at the same time as another student, everyone is on their own journey. It’s all about the effort you put in and what you want to get out of your studies.”

She wouldn’t hesitate to recommend AUT to others.

“I’d definitely recommend studying at AUT – there’s something for everyone and the university creates an environment where everybody thrives and is celebrated.”