3rd-year student, Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching)
The life of a teacher is about much more than teaching, says Ngaariki Muru who is currently in the final year of a Bachelor of Education at AUT.
“I decided to become a teacher because I was inspired by teachers who were amazing at their job in school, but also carried their job into the community.
“In this profession, you’re a schoolteacher for five days a week, and a community leader for seven days a week.”
Creating world-ready graduates
Ngaariki was first introduced to AUT’s teacher education programme by a friend.
“They talked about how the focus in the first year of the Bachelor of Education was about knowing yourself better and learning about New Zealand education history. I liked that and decided to apply for the degree.”
It’s a decision he hasn’t regretted.
“There’s a self-awareness and transparency in the teaching at AUT that’s really refreshing to see. I felt that my voice and my journey were important. I especially enjoyed participating in a noho marae with my classmates in our first year. That experience helped to build us as a team and a group of friends.
“The teaching placements have been another highlight for me. I had an amazing placement at Manurewa Intermediate School where I was working with top quality staff running a top quality school. I also loved my placement at Bucklands Beach Primary School where the kapahaka team includes almost half the school.”
Advice for other students
Now in the final year of his degree, Ngaariki has some great advice for other students considering studying education.
“My advice would be to get to know your lecturers, get involved and use your time at university to find out who you are.”
There’s support available if you need it, he adds.
“I’ve had a very busy life over my three years at AUT. Fortunately, the staff in the School of Education have known and helped me at every opportunity. I’m really thankful for the sincerity of their support.”