Rachael Fowler graduates this week with a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Secondary) from the University of Canterbury, having previously studied a Bachelor of Design at Ara Institute of Canterbury (formerly CPIT). She is now looking forward to a career in teaching.
My year at Canterbury University has flown by and I am excited to
graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning. Although my time here at Canterbury University has been short I have certainly appreciated the warm welcome, the helpful support and the excellent lecturers and professors.
The University of Canterbury has offered me many opportunities and the knowledge to improve my artistic and teaching practices. I have just been offered a position teaching Art at Christchurch Girls High School. I am so excited to begin my teaching career. I hope to soon have the opportunity to encourage and promote education to young Pasifika students as I believe it is so important for New Zealand and future generations.
I could not complete my studies without the generosity, wisdom, accommodation and support from my parents. Thank you for your patience, kindness, money and support. I cannot wait to pay you all back; Graeme, Grace and Joel.
I believe education is important and I believe we need to encourage more Pasifika students to pursue it through deeper connections with the community and holding ourselves to higher standards. I hope education and higher levels of education will become easier to access and there will be more support for Pasifika people.
If I were to give advice to other students, I would encourage them to take advantage of all scholarships and opportunities that are offered.
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