3rd-year student, Bachelor of Sport and Recreation in Management
Sport has been her passion since she was 10 years old, says Raven Stevens who is currently completing a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation in Management.
“Sport has shaped me into the person I am today, and there’s really no other degree or career I see myself doing. Due to injuries, I unfortunately can’t participate in sports anymore myself, but I want to make a difference to the sport and recreation sector from behind the scenes. Sport has changed my life and given me incredible opportunities, and I wish the same for others.”
Now in the final year of her degree, Raven already has a clear idea how she sees her future.
“My ideal career is really quite simple; I’d like to be based in the community and help Māori whānau improve their hauora and lifestyle.”
From the East Coast to AUT
Raven’s university journey started when a friend recommended studying at AUT to her.
“A friend recommended AUT to me and on that same day I was actually supposed to look at another tertiary institute. However, she spoke so highly of AUT that I had to check it out. As soon as I did that, I knew that AUT was the university I wanted to attend.”
Moving from Gisborne to Auckland to attend university went smoothly for her, says Raven.
“The transition from Gisborne to Auckland was so smooth I can’t complain one bit about it. Just before I was starting uni I had an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) operation, so I was still on crutches when I moved to Auckland. The team at Akoranga Student Village, the student accommodation near the AUT North Campus, ensured that I was in a room that was suitable and comfortable. I had been in contact with AUT to advise them of my situation and they offered options to help me.
“Staying in the student accommodation was the best decision I made, and to this day I’m still thankful for the people I have met there.”
Supported to thrive
She would 100% recommend AUT’s sport degree to others, Raven says.
“If you love sport and want to pursue a future in it this is the degree and university for you. The degree gives you the opportunity to try every aspect of sport and recreation, and the pressure to decide a major in your first year is minimal. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed expanding my knowledge of the sport and recreation sector.”
She has appreciated the support available to students at AUT.
“The sport and recreation team is so supportive and nice. They’re willing to help in many areas, whether that be studies, finances, social aspects or mental health. That’s something that I believe is unique to AUT. I’ve also found it amazing how friendly and welcoming the student base is; everyone is in the same waka with their studies and so open to helping and getting to know each other.”