2nd-year student, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
For chemistry student Tyler Irving, the people she has met throughout her studies are one of the highlights of her time at AUT.
“I’ve really enjoyed meeting so many likeminded people who all share a love for science. AUT is a very co-operative and friendly environment, and in every course I’ve been a part of the students will work as a team to help each other achieve. You're never alone in this university.”
While she has been impressed by many of the academic staff, one particular lecturer stood out to her.
“In my first year at university I had the luck of being taught by Professor Allan Blackman. He made chemistry come to life in lectures and found ways to make you want to attend every single lecture, even the 8am classes. That’s what really hooked me and inspired me to pursue my dream of being a chemist.”
The right university environment
Tyler says she has long known that she wanted a career in science one day.
“I’ve always had a love for chemistry, but the main reason I went into a science degree was to work either in the cancer department to help develop medicine or to work in forensic science, helping detect what is present in a crime scene.”
Deciding where to study wasn’t a difficult decision for her.
“I was always told AUT was a more modern hands-on university, which is the type of education I respond best to as I have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). After attending orientation day, I knew AUT was the right university for me.
“I’d definitely recommend this programme to anyone who has a love for science. It will expand your ideas on what you believe chemistry to be. It’s so much more than what you learn in high school; it's quite literally the understanding of everything.”
Advice for other students
Tyler’s advice for other students is simple: you’ll never regret asking for help.
“Always make sure to ask when you don't understand something. You can even talk to the lecturer by yourself if you don't have the confidence to ask during the lecture. In my experience they’re always happy to help and will sit with you until you’re confident enough in your understanding of the content.”
She is grateful for the support she has received throughout her time at AUT.
“I have learning disabilities, which means that it’s harder for me to pay attention in lectures and tests. Without the proper tools and help provided to me, that will ultimately affect my grades. Fortunately, just about every lecturer I’ve had understood what that meant for me and would make time for me to sit down with them and learn content in a way I could understand if I was stuck.”