1st-year student, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering
He is fascinated by the design and technology of cars, says Prithvi Rajneesh Shethia who came to AUT as an international student from India to study a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering.
“When I graduate, I would like to be involved in automotive engineering as I’m really interested in how cars are designed and function, and the technology today's machines are equipped with.
“Because I have an interest in automobile engineering and am fond of physics, I thought that mechanical engineering is the best field for my interests. This field is ideal for students who are good at maths, and are really into the design and manufacture of cars.”
Supported to succeed
Prithvi says he would highly recommend the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) to others.
“I would definitely recommend this programme to other students. The academic staff are always ready to explain anything you haven’t understood, and having a chat with the professor to re-explain the concept just makes it easier to understand what has been covered in class.”
He is proud of the grades he has achieved so far, says Prithvi who started at AUT in July 2018.
“I’m always determined to achieve well in my studies, and am proud that last semester I received an A+ in three papers and an A in one paper.”
When he was deciding where to study, Prithvi considered universities in a number of English-speaking countries. He chose to come to New Zealand because he knew he could get an education at a world-class university rather than settling for an average university in the USA.
“I thought that with a good score in the IELTS English language test and good marks in my mark sheet I could study at a really nice New Zealand university with all the latest technology. I chose to come to AUT as it’s the fastest growing university in New Zealand.”
Adjusting to study in a different country hasn’t always been easy, Prithvi admits.
“The teaching approaches here are very different from India, and there is a stronger focus on independent study. The language barrier was also a challenge at first, as there are academic staff with different accents who often speak really fast. But that shouldn’t be a problem after a while, and just ask if you don’t understand something.”