“It’s a world-class campus in a beautiful city, with an awesome student culture. It’s a place where you work hard and learn a lot, but have so much fun along the way.”
Economics appealed because it offered insights into a range of global economic, political and social issues. She was pleased to find the Department offered a wide variety of courses, from technical, theory-based papers to those which applied theory to specific topics.
“It has definitely been a subject that has allowed me to develop skills such as mathematics and econometrics, and then apply those skills to particular areas of interest, such as the economics of developing countries and environmental economics.”
Aleisha appreciated the flexibility in her Economics degree.
“Yes, you complete compulsory micro and macro courses with each level of study, but the rest is up to you. You can tailor your study to the issues that interest you most.”
Aleisha has also enjoyed meeting and working with the Department’s “seriously awesome” staff, who she describes as “fantastic at what they do.”
She has also enjoyed the social side of her study at Otago.
“I have been lucky to study with the coolest classmates. It’s tough starting university, when your high school friends are scattered everywhere, but the Economics students have banded together well – we study together, help each other through exam periods, and keep it fun with social events.”
Aleisha is excited about the future, and where her qualifications will lead.
“I studied French alongside Economics, which is a big win for landing jobs overseas. At this point, the idea of researching issues that are important to me, and society generally, sounds like a good career path. I have just completed an internship at PwC and want to work in New Zealand for a while before heading abroad. Maybe I will go to Paris? London? New York? Thanks to Economics at Otago, I can go anywhere I like.”