2nd-year student, Bachelor of Business in Management and Leadership & Bachelor of Communication Studies in Screen Production
He feels fortunate to have discovered his passion early on in life, says Ryan Chow who is currently completing Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Communication Studies double degrees, with majors in Management and Leadership, and Screen Production.
“From a very young age I knew I wanted to study business and screen. I’ve had a passion for the screen and television industries and a significant interest in entrepreneurship since middle school.
“One of the reasons I chose AUT for my studies is that it has a reputation for being a high-quality modern university with talented and knowledgeable professors whom I really hope to work with and learn from. I’d highly recommend AUT’s business and communication studies degrees because they teach by experience and connect you with the wider industry, which is exceptionally important in this field. The assignments spark our creativity while also encouraging us to work with others more effectively.”
It's not all study and assignments for Ryan though. He has also founded a consortium of clubs at AUT and is the founder/director of the Australia and New Zealand Youth Film Festivals; not-for-profits sponsored and supported by the likes of Canon, Adobe, Wētā FX and TVNZ. He’s been interviewed on Breakfast about his work and the impact it had on both youth and the industry alike and has also been featured in the Our Auckland magazine.
Former Mayor of Auckland, Phil Goff, said ‘Ryan is one of many international students who have seized the educational and extracurricular opportunities available in New Zealand, creating positive social outcomes in our communities’.
Advice for other students
Ryan has some great advice for other students starting their own university journey.
“My advice would be to hunt for opportunities and work towards building success for yourself rather than waiting for it to be delivered. I’ve realised that my mindset is incredibly important in helping me create my own success, and that I needed to step out of my comfort zone and become comfortable with being uncomfortable.
“Also remember that the world is full of distractions and other matters craving your attention. Building self-discipline is incredibly important, and you should limit the amount of time you spend on social media, for example.”
His other piece of advice is simple: make the most of the plethora of services and facilities AUT has to offer.
“AUT’s services and facilities are of a very high quality and provide a brilliant space for you to develop your passions and showcase your talents. Practising meeting new people, pitching ideas to others and learning other social skills is important as the connections you develop are vital for both your time at university and beyond.”
Easy studio living
Living in student accommodation when he was starting university made it easy for Ryan to juggle his studies with his social commitments.
“I enjoyed living at Te Āhuru Mayoral Drive Student Accommodation where I could manage my own living, given that I’m incredibly busy. The close proximity to the AUT City Campus eliminated the need to commute. It also helped my work with my clubs as it made managing, organising and running my work so much easier in addition to my studies.
“Living in my own studio apartment enabled me to manage my own living space, and having my own private room made it easier to study and work in a quiet space where I can completely focus.”
He found it easy to meet others living in the student accommodation thanks to the many activities organised for students in Te Āhuru Mayoral Drive Student Accommodation.
“The social activities enabled me to meet others in this accommodation and develop strong relationships with many who lived here. It helped me connect with others who share my passions, build close friendships, as well as meet others to collaborate together with.”