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Catherine Brownlie

Catherine Brownlie
Catherine Brownlie
Studying for a Bachelor of  Theology

Catherine Brownlie is proof  that it’s never too late to follow your passions. As a child, she dreamed of  being an Egyptologist but instead fell into a career in the IT industry. When a conversation at a party planted the idea of  returning to study, an internet search revealed the possibility of  studying Theology through the University of  Otago’s Distance Learning programme.

With a full-time job and a blended family of  four children and several pets, Catherine’s life is busy. But the flexibility of distance learning means she’s able to fit study around her other commitments.

“The support of  the Distance Learning programme is phenomenal, with access to library resources, teaching resources through Blackboard, targeted teaching days in my location (Wellington) and excellent communication from lecturers. Videoconferencing allows you to be part of  lectures, to ask questions and to feel like distance is actually no barrier. Lectures are even recorded so you can catch up if  you miss anything.”

Catherine discovered she loved exploring biblical texts and is specialising in Biblical Studies. Encompassing history, archaeology, ancient languages, critical thinking and theology, she says the course allows you to challenge your beliefs and preconceptions in a compassionate environment.

“I’ve discovered friendships with people in other parts of  the country because of  the opportunity that distance learning has provided and because of  a shared love of  the subjects we are studying regardless of  personal world views.”