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Kevin Fernando: UCSA International Rep 2019

Kia ora and welcome to UC!

I’m Kevin and I’m the International Representative at the UCSA (University of Canterbury Students’ Association) and we are thrilled to welcome you to UC!

As an international student myself, that only stepped foot in New Zealand in the first quarter of 2017, I would have never imagined that I would be voted on as the 2019 UCSA International Representative or being on the executive of multiple clubs on campus. International student issues really resonate with me as I, too, have faced issues such as integrating with UC and New Zealand culture in my first few months at uni.

However, I can proudly say that UC is an incredibly welcoming institution and there is a place for everyone. The number of opportunities in the form of UCSA events, weekly societies’ events and others really contribute to give you the platform to make your University experience one to remember; they certainly made mine memorable so far!

Possibly the most anticipated event of 2019 will be the launch of the new UCSA building. I am most looking forward to seeing our student body engaging with the building and witnessing all the new and improved events unfold! The new Foundry bar, Bentley’s, and the 1000-person capacity auditorium?! Music to my ears.

My one tip for you all would be to make the most out of the opportunities that are present during your Uni life, you will certainly not regret it. Wishing all of you the best for the year ahead!

Kevin Fernando

UCSA International Rep

The Great Kiwi Bake Off – Engineer student Larissa Wilson

Mechanical engineering student, Larissa, is a passionate baker, fuelled by her interest in the science of baking, Larissa learnt to bake from her mum but decided to go solo at a young age, baking muffins while her mum took a nap.  The least experienced baker to enter the tent, Larissa is not a stranger to a few kitchen calamities.  

Why did you apply for The Great Kiwi Bake Off?

The Great British Bake Off is one of my favourite television shows and lately I had dreamed of moving to Britain and applying for it.  When a Kiwi version came along I was so excited – it was an opportunity I couldn’t ignore.   I never thought I’d actually gt on the show, but I knew I had to try.  I would love to turn baking into a part of my career (even though I’m nearly ¾ of the way through a mechanical engineering degree) so I had to jump at a chance to show NZ that I am capable of baking some pretty cool things.

How would you describe your baking style?

At home, I’d say I’m quite tidy and accurate, but as it turns out when I get in front of a camera I’m actually a little disastrous both at keeping tidy and at avoiding calamity.

What do you think are your strengths in the kitchen?

I think I’m good at recovering from disasters.  Which is an important skill to have if you’re also prone to having a lot of disasters.  I also think I’m good at not panicking too much if things aren’t going well.

What has been your biggest baking disaster?

I dropped a whole vegan ‘beef wellington’ on the floor last Christmas eve.  It slid right off the tray as I was getting it out of the oven.  It was meant to be my sisters Christmas lunch and actually still was because we just ate it anyway.  It’s funny now but it was not so funny at the time.

If you were a baked item, what would you be and why?

I’d be the chicken tikka pie I made on the show.  Very mess, quite colourful, but nice on the inside.

What would winning The Great Kiwi Bake Off mean to you?

Winning The Great Kiwi Bake Off would be incredible.  I love baking so much and to have it confirmed by professionals that I actually know what I’m doing would be unbelievably cool.  Winning the show would also give me a confidence boost in terms of trying to pursue a career in baking.