Kaycee Bottcher

Kaycee Bottcher

3rd-year student, Bachelor of Health Science in Paramedicine

Being able to help people and save lives is why Kaycee Bottcher decided to study paramedicine.

“I’ve always wanted to study health science, and paramedicine just seemed to tick all the boxes for me. It’s an exciting career full of new experiences and challenges. There’s also the huge benefit of being able to help people every day and even save lives,” says Kaycee who is now in the third year of her Bachelor of Health Science in Paramedicine at the AUT South Campus.

“I’ve learnt so much in in just two years at AUT; my clinical skills and knowledge continue to expand and I’ve really enjoyed the challenge. Learning from lecturers who have so much experience themselves is also a real bonus. The passion with which they teach is really inspiring. I can’t wait to enter my last semester of study and finally graduate; from there, the opportunities are endless.”

Adjusting to university
Kaycee admits that adjusting to university study had some challenges at first.

“The assignments are very different from secondary school and require a lot more self-directed learning. However, the AUT lecturers are incredibly helpful, and always respond to enquiries about assignments, and offer great feedback.

“Although the workload can be intense sometimes, I am truly passionate about what I am studying, which makes everything worth it. I would recommend this programme to others – the lecturers are fantastic, and so are the students I’m studying with,” says Kaycee who went to Te Aroha College before starting at AUT.

Scholarship paves the way
Applying for scholarships may seem like a bit of work but it’s worth it, says Kaycee who received a Woolf Fisher First in Family Scholarship to support her studies.

“At the time I was thinking that it was a lot of work, but I received an amazing scholarship that made it all worth it. If you’re thinking about university, research scholarship databases and find every possible scholarship that may apply to you. It’s definitely worth the effort.

“The Woolf Fisher First in Family Scholarship aims to encourage youth to be the first in their family to attend university by giving them financial aid and support. I think this is a brilliant scholarship and it has been incredibly helpful for me in my degree so far. I’m so grateful for the scholarship committee for making my dream a possibility.”

AUT also offers a range of activities for scholarship students, including opportunities to network with successful and inspiring people from many sectors, Kaycee says.

Last updated: 14-Jul-2017 2.37pm

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