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Angela Verry

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Angela completed a BA (Hons) in History at Otago in 2004. She developed a passionate interest in the subject after studying twentieth-century New Zealand in her first year.

"I came to Otago because of the reputation that Otago had for producing quality graduates, and the variety of papers on offer. And of course - the lifestyle that Otago students are able to pursue - the halls, then flatting and so many recreation activities on offer, without having to travel great distances."

Now she teaches the next generation of history students as part of the Ministry of Education's Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom scheme. She educates primary and secondary school students from around the South Island about gold-mining and the social history of the region.

"My history degree has made sure that I am in a job that I enjoy, meaning that I look forward to going to work each  day. I use the skills that I learned daily - I have to communicate with a variety of people, from five-year-old children to teachers. I am often researching, looking for information to incorporate into my teaching materials. Although I knew only a little about gold-mining and the history of this area, my Otago history degree gave me the skills to adapt to my job and its diverse requirements."