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Renee Nyman

Renee Nyman

Bachelor of Secondary Teaching & Bachelor of Sport and Leisure Studies

Wanganui High School

I was the first person in my family to go to university and it seemed like a big step. But now that I’m here I can say the experience is second-to-none.

I decided to study at the University of Waikato after I’d visited the campus for Open Day – it’s such a beautiful place, and everything you need is on site. With some inspiration from my year 13 teachers and after a gap year in England, I realised how much I wanted to do teaching. Sport is also something I’m extremely passionate about, so I was lucky to be able to combine the two into one study programme. Being able to study every day and learn about two topics that I love is an awesome experience.

The thing I enjoy most about my qualification is how tight-knit the teaching students are. We can rely on each other when we need an extra hand or even just to talk about assignments. There’s always something to get involved with, and I love experiencing university culture.

I was also fortunate enough to receive a $5000 University of Waikato Excellence Scholarship, thanks to my NCEA results, which I put towards my first year’s accommodation fees at College Hall.

When I graduate, I want to be a PE, health or dance teacher in a secondary school.