2nd-year student, Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy)
Sport has always been his life, says physiotherapy student Liam Adams whose sporting successes so far include being on the New Zealand tennis team, representing Canterbury Hockey at a national level, and playing for the Heritage Barbarians Men’s Team and North Shore United.
“Over the course of my sporting career I’ve faced many ups and downs, mainly due to injuries and illnesses. I’m studying physiotherapy to be able to help athletes recover from their injuries and get back to the level they used to play at. Personally connecting with a patient and helping them in their journey to recovery is very rewarding. I have a dream to one day create an enterprise that supports young and intermediate athletes who want to achieve their goal of being on the world stage. I want to take my own experiences in sport combined with the skills I learn at AUT to create a place where athletes can thrive.”
He knew he had found the right university for his studies when he attended AUT’s open day, says Liam who moved to Auckland from Christchurch and whose studies are supported by an AUT Significant Student Scholarship.
“Choosing the right university can be daunting especially if it’s away from home. For me, one of the main reasons I chose AUT was my experience at the open day around how inclusive and supportive the team were. The programmes were intriguing and set up in a way that I was constantly interacting with others. That made it easy for me to create a network of contacts up in Auckland.
“When I visited the physiotherapy department, the first thing I noticed was that they take a genuine interest in each individual and the facilities were awesome. Being a university that is invested in the health sector, AUT also has revolutionary training and exercise equipment to test and enhance my ability as an athlete.”
The right choice
Liam only has positive things to say about AUT’s physiotherapy programme.
“I love how you aren't in a lecture hall with 200 other people. AUT has constructed the degree to be as interactive and hands-on as possible. Straight into the course you are practising massage techniques, and are exposed to equipment like dynamometer and CPM machines. Working with others makes it a pleasure to turn up to class and get stuck in.
“I would 100% recommend this programme to others. Physiotherapy allows so much opportunity for you to grow as a person, as well as offering a broad range of options for you to find what you're passionate about. I also like that physiotherapy doesn't just involve the biology of the human body but looks at other contemporary issues relating to culture and ethical ramifications.”
Studying in such a supportive university environment has been one of the highlights of his studies.
“Coming into AUT I had just had knee meniscus surgery that really set me back physically. AUT’s athlete support programme has provided me with advice on how to balance my studies with my gym and sport, while offering a bunch of services to aid my recovery process. I also liked that AUT has created a positive culture led by supportive staff to create a place where everyone feels welcome, no matter what ethnicity or minority they come from.”
Advice for other students
Life is about taking all the opportunities that come your way, Liam advises other students.
“By involving yourself in activities, you’ll enjoy your time here, meet new people and set yourself up better for the future at AUT. For example, I’ve involved myself in the AUT social sports netball team with my friends, which was a really fun time. My mentor Mark Wilson once said to me, ‘Fear is only temporary, regret is forever’.”
Make the most of university life, he adds.
“For all of you nervous about university life, take a risk, put yourself out there, make the most life has to offer and take all the opportunities that come your way. Be yourself, keep being determined and work hard, and then your dreams will become your reality. AUT has become my new home, and I love it here. I encourage you to come and be a part of the community here, you won't regret it!”