For six years he zigged here and he zagged there following his interests all over campus.
He added a bit of Philosophy to his Law degree, tried fencing and Latin American dance, dipped his toe in community work and plunged up to his neck in student politics.
Where it was all leading Glenn Goldsmith could not have told you, although where it ended up - a smart job at Treasury and a Rhodes Scholarship - says a great deal about the doors an Otago University education can open.
Glenn went on to complete an MPhil and then a DPhil in Economics at the University of Oxford and is currently a Project Leader in the the Boston Consulting Group's Sydney office.
The best thing about the University of Otago, Glenn says, is that nobody seemed to mind his dillying and dallying. "One of the things I really liked was the flexibility of the Otago degree and that ability to take a while to find out what I was really interested in and combine a lot of different fields."
His degree - LLB (Hons) and BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) - looks impressive enough but after two years of heavy involvement in the Otago University Students' Association his practical experience is off the chart.
"How many people coming out of university in my situation have had the opportunity to effectively be a director of a company with a turnover of more than $4 million?"
His advice for first years? "It's a matter of deciding what's important to you, and what's going to be valuable to you. The grades probably suffered because of my involvement in these things but when it came down to it, a few more hours buried under books wouldn't have taught me as much."