3rd-year student, Bachelor of Arts in New Zealand Sign Language and Deaf Studies, and Māori Development
Her dream is to be fluent in all three of New Zealand’s official languages, says Margaret Fowlie who is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts in New Zealand Sign Language and Deaf Studies, and Māori Development.
“I chose to study the New Zealand Sign Language and Deaf Studies, and Māori Development majors because I had wanted to learn the three official languages of New Zealand since I was 14.
“I’m passionate about working with Māori Deaf, and once I’ve graduated I’d love to continue following this passion and enrol in postgraduate study in this area.”
An opportunity to explore languages and cultures
She would highly recommend the Bachelor of Arts to others, Margaret says.
“I’d definitely recommend this programme to others as it’s an exciting opportunity to explore different languages and cultures in a supportive environment. AUT has a reputation for creating graduates who have theoretical as well as practical knowledge, and I appreciate AUT’s commitment to being accessible and supportive of students.”
The passionate and supportive academic staff are among the highlights of her time at AUT.
“I’ve enjoyed a language and culture rich programme with lecturers who are passionate about what they teach, approachable, supportive, and genuinely want to see students succeed.”
The support to thrive
Never be afraid to ask questions, Margaret advises other students.
“If you’re unsure, just ask. There’s always someone who can help: other students, peer mentors, lecturers, library staff or the Student Hub. Your journey to achieving doesn’t have to be taken alone. There’s so much support available at AUT to help you succeed, you just have to ask.”
She has certainly made the most of the support available to her throughout her studies.
“The biggest challenge I faced at AUT was transitioning into a university setting. I was home schooled before I started university, and AUT supported me with approachable staff, library workshops and resources, and peer mentors.
“As a Deafened student, I also accessed the services of AUT’s Disability Student Support team throughout my studies. They provided note takers and interpreters as I needed them, and the staff were available to discuss any challenges I was facing, and ensured that my lecturers understood what support I needed in class to best help me succeed.”