Samantha Mills

Samantha Mills

3rd-year student, Bachelor of Communication Studies in Public Relations, with minors in Brand and Advertising Creativity and Health Promotion

A lot of problems in our world could be helped with better communication, says Samantha Mills who is studying a Bachelor of Communication Studies in Public Relations, with minors in Brand and Advertising Creativity and Health Promotion.

“I really think skills around communication are important for all areas of work globally. After I graduate, I’d love to be a part of the health PR world, either working for an agency or in house for a company. I want to be involved in the creativity needed to ensure messages reach the target audience while also helping to make sure this is done ethically.”

Being able to study other subjects as part of her Bachelor of Communication Studies will prepare her for this goal.

“The things you’re learning will complement each other and ultimately enrich your learning overall. I chose to study brand and advertising creativity because I was excited by the chance to have a go at creating engaging ads and to learn about all that goes on behind the scenes. Health promotion was equally important to me as I’ve come to really care how messages are communicated in the health and wellness world.”

Choosing AUT
Samantha says it was easy to decide to come to AUT for her university studies.

“It felt like AUT was one step ahead in terms of taking care of students and the opportunities they provide for students. I loved that through my degree I’d have the chance to do real work and gain that practical experience too. I think you can really get a lot out of this degree, no matter where your interests lie, and you’ll also have the chance to meet and learn from great people too.”

She has appreciated the support and understanding from AUT staff.

“Towards the end of my second year, I had an unfortunate event occur within my personal life. This meant that at a time when a lot of assignments were due, I was unable to commit as much to them as I wanted to. AUT staff were understanding and provided support and deadline extensions. That was really important to me, and I think showed how they understand that sometimes life gets in the way while you’re studying.”

Advice for other students
Now in the final year of her degree, Samantha has some great advice for other students.

“It’s sometimes hard to know exactly what you want to go into when you first start university as there are a lot of options and opinions.

“I really think that you have to pursue what you want to do. That passion and care will come through in the work you do and may end up being one of the most fulfilling things you could do for yourself.”