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Anna Guthrie.
Anna Guthrie


Sapere Aude - Dare to be Wise. Anna Guthrie has taken the University of Otago motto very seriously during her studies.

Since enrolling at the University five years ago the double degree student has taken every available opportunity to enhance her learning.

Initially enrolling in a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts studying Spanish and German, Anna decided she wanted an outlet for language without a literature focus.

That same year, the School of Business introduced its International Business major as part of the Bachelor of Commerce. It was just the outlet Anna was looking for.

The programme allowed Anna to continue studying the languages but with a business edge which complemented her law degree.

During her studies Anna honed her practical law skills with the Dunedin-based Crown Prosecutors, Wilkinson Adams, and international learning with the University's Student Exchange Programme.

Armed with the School of Business' Dean's Scholarship and Westpac Travelling Scholarship, Anna headed off to the Business School of the University of Cologne in Germany during 2004.

Studying overseas was an eye opener for Anna who studied Economics, Management and Consumer Behaviour while in Germany - two papers in English and three in German.

"I picked up the History of German Economics which was taught in German. It ended with an oral exam at the end of the semester. That was a challenge to say the least."

Studying International Business overseas greatly enhanced her law degree and Anna found no problem securing placement in the competitive graduate job market.

On the contrary, Anna was head hunted by three of New Zealand's leading law firms.

In January Anna will take up a position in Wellington with the Simpson Grierson Employment Law and Corporate Law team.

It's a position which will allow Anna to put in to practice what she has learned during her law and commerce degrees.

And of her experience at Otago?

"Growing up in Dunedin, I wouldn't have gone anywhere else. But had I lived elsewhere in New Zealand, I still would have come to Otago. It's got the best law school in the country and is a leader in international business education."