1st-year student, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronics Engineering
Deciding to study at AUT was easy, says engineering student Prayag Rajneesh Shethia who came to AUT as an international student from India.
“The quality of education in New Zealand is among the world’s best, and the degrees are globally recognised. There’s no place more beautiful than New Zealand, and the people are some of the friendliest, warmest and most loving in the world. They’re always ready to help you and make you feel comfortable.
“I chose to come to AUT because it’s one of the fastest growing universities, not only in New Zealand but in the world. It’s very futuristic and always adapting to a changing world, but it has a friendly and warm learning environment.”
Creating and innovating
He would love a career that involves innovating and developing, Prayag says.
“I’ve always been interested in thinking innovatively about creating, modernising and building something new. Studying engineering has helped me realise how simple life can be with good engineering. I would love a career that involves hi-tech machines like drones, cameras or automobile software, or a career in electronics, working with smartphones, desktops or tablets.”
The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronics Engineering was the perfect study option for him, Prayag says.
“I chose the Mechatronics major because it covers mechanical, electronics and software engineering, and I thought this range of knowledge will help prepare me for a career with a wide scope.”
Making the most of the opportunities
He would definitely recommend the engineering degree to others, says Prayag who started at AUT in July 2018.
“The calm and fun environment in the AUT classes motivates me to attend all classes with enthusiasm. The academic staff always try their best to help by offering extra classes and after-class sessions. Thanks to that I’ve always been confident and comfortable to ask any questions.”
AUT offers many activities and programmes to help students make the most of their studies, Prayag says.
“There is plenty to enjoy, and AUT offers so many opportunities and so much support. When I first came here, I was worried about making friends but because there are plenty of AUT events and programmes this problem was overcome quickly. When I’m a little further into my studies, I also plan to join the AUT Edge Award, become a student ambassador and get involved with the students’ association, AUTSA.”