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Leanna Ryan

Leanna Ryan

Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSc)

Roncalli College

The University of Waikato’s Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship was a big drawcard for me when I was choosing which university to study at. I compete in 100m sprints and hurdles, so a full-fees scholarship that would support me in both my sporting and academic endeavours was something I couldn’t pass up. I’d also fallen in love with Waikato’s student culture and green campus on my visit to the University’s Open Day.

I chose to study psychology because I’ve always had an interest in human behaviour, and wanted to learn more about the biology of the brain. While I came to university not really knowing what career path I wanted to take, the challenging subjects and varied topics helped me to develop a passion for human resource management and research. When I graduate, I’d love a role working for the government or Defence Force.

University gives you the opportunity to develop your own ideas and conclusions about what you’re learning. It gives you a real sense of independence. The Halls of Residence were a highlight for me, especially the interhall sports competitions. Lifelong friendships were forged on Waikato’s sports fields.

If you’re a new student, my advice to you is to make the most of university. Be confident, use all of the resources and help available to you, embrace the lifestyle and your own studies, and have fun.