Eunice

Eunice

Hi guys! I’m Eunice, a California gal coming straight out of a gap year in California. I’ve made the adventurous decision to leave my awesome family in the states to come back to NZ to study Social Work. I was born and raised in California, but went to high school in the coolest little capital Wellington. Although I’m anticipating being a 20 hour flight away from family, I am thrilled to be able to come back and experience more of NZ (which includes actually going to the South Island). My new home this year is Huia Residence, where I will definitely be able to give you the inside word.
I am definitely better being behind the camera than in front of one, and am obsessed with capturing candid moments. I love acting, playing the guitar, hiking, food, laughing, volunteering and being in the ocean. You’ll be likely to find me watching a comedy or documentary on Netflix or exploring every nook and cranny of Auckland.
Come follow me on my adventures during my first year of uni!

Rebekah

Hey guys! My name is Rebekah and I’m making the move from little ol’ Gizzy to the Big Smoke, into University Hall. This year I’ll be competing in the Hunger Games/studying a Bachelor of Health Science with the hopes of getting into Medicine. I’m a true home girl, so studying at the UoA, far from anything familiar will be a challenge, but I’m beyond excited to meet new people, create great memories and of course to learn and study like a boss. I have a love for food, poetry, dogs, reggae music and the odd workout at the gym when my worst love does me wrong. 2k17 will be a year of struggle, growth and excitement but I’m looking forward to embarking on my dreams and sharing my experiences as an Inside Blogger!

Rebekah
Reid

Reid

Hello to all you good looking people that can read out there!

My name’s Reid Edmond and I come from the ever-so humble Christchurch (the home of tupperware) and have moved to the big smoke in order to study a conjoint in a BA of Communications and a BMus in Popular Music. This will hopefully help me backflip into a career as a television presenter/journalist or as a pop star. I kinda want to be a trifecta between Graham Norton, Prince and Channing Tatum as it were! I’ll be living in Uni Hall Towers which I hope will be fresher than a southerly and more lit than a Lighting Direct store. I’ve been doing karate since I was 5 and last year I was lucky enough to be crowned WGKR World Champion! This year I’ll be aiming to compete in the Junior World Championships in Tenerife, Spain! When I’m not getting punched in the face I love to write and play music, perform on a stage and party like it’s nobody’s business!

Let’s have a fantastic year and I hope you guys can withstand my similes that I think are more necessary than a car’s steering wheel.
Come follow me on my adventures during my first year of uni!

Tate

Hey, everybody – I’m Tate! I’m trading the seaside sights of Tauranga for the skyscrapers of Auckland as I work towards a conjoint Law and Arts degree. Living in O’Rorke Hall means I’ll be right in the middle of the city, surrounded by buildings that are noticeably taller than me (being 6’2, this is not a common occurrence) – and I’m excited! Auckland is a city where life never stops, and I’m eager to capitalise on that, be it in regards to writing, the stage, or the screen: all of which are big on my list. I’m also keen to take advantage of the free gym membership offered to everyone in university accommodation (I’d say that’s so I can keep up my intense fitness regime, but I’m really just hoping it’ll kickstart it! We’ll see how that goes!). So feel free to sit back, relax, get comfy – maybe grab something from the fridge, which I’m going to have to learn to live without this year – and enjoy the unfolding narrative that is my first year at the University of Auckland!

Tate
Sparsha

Sparsha

Hello from the other side (of the world)! I’m Sparsha and as the previous line suggests, yes, Adele is my idol. Oh, and also, I’m from America!

Originally born in New Zealand, I’m excited to come back to my birthplace and attend The University of Auckland to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I’ve already begun mentally preparing myself for the many all-nighters waiting for me.

When I’m not stressing out about the workload at university, I’m imagining how I’ll decorate my dorm room at Whitaker Hall in my head. I specifically chose this hall of residence because it has a tennis court and as a tennis player, I’m always looking for a place close by to practice!

Along with playing tennis, I also enjoy learning new skills and am currently teaching myself how to play the piano! If I’m not in the music room completely butchering piano compositions, you can catch me in the library either reading a book or at least pretending to while I binge watch shows on Netflix.

Feel free to live vicariously through me as I attempt to navigate around Uni life while trying not to embarrass myself TOO much.

Matthew

Hey! I’d just like to introduce myself, my name is Matthew, I’m from Auckland’s sunny North Shore and I am super enthused to be part of the bloggers group for The Inside Word on life at Auckland Uni for 2017. Looking forward to experiencing and sharing all the good, the bad and the wild shades of life that uni has to offer a first year student. I am studying a Bachelor of Music majoring in Classical Performance. Voice is my instrument and if you’re connecting the dots between classical performance and voice you’ve probably worked it out; I’m into opera. In fact, I’m into all music genres and I also love the theatre. When I’m not singing or acting you’ll find me doing something with sport, and by sport I mean anything and everything to do with the word, from playing basketball to updating my NFL fantasy team.

Matthew
Sonna

Sonna

Hi! I’m Sonna and I will be studying Biomedical Science this year. Born in the mighty Hawke’s Bay but raised in Auckland for the bulk of my life, the University of Auckland is not an unfamiliar sight. I will be inhabiting O’Rorke Hall of Residence for the duration of my year, but will most likely be crawling back to my humble abode every now and then (to remind my dog I’m still alive). You will probably find me awkwardly running to my lectures (even though I’ll be living 5 mins away), making bad puns, sweating the stress out at the gym, and doing lots of regular studying (read: procrastinating). I am genuinely excited for this year; to meet some rad human beings, learn and experience the unknown, and of course to be part of the Inside Word!

Callum

Hey guys, my name is Callum and I’m super stoked to be one of your bloggers for 2017! Coming to you from the city of Upper Hutt, this year I’ll be residing in the beautiful University Hall where I’ll be trying not to fail my Conjoint BA/LLb. As well as being a die-hard GoT fan (Targaryens for the win), I love movies, food, puns and spending money because who needs savings? When I’m not studying or blogging, I love being active… On Facebook or I’ll probably either be jamming on my Violin or singing away somewhere no one can hear me. I’m really excited for this year and cannot wait to share my experiences with you all. Bless you all and Hakuna Matata.

Callum

Samantha

Hi there! My name is Samantha Woon and I grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. aka some obscure country in Southeast Asia. I’ll be living at O’Rorke Hall in 2017; I haven’t even met them yet as of writing this but I know they’re awesome people (from what I gather from Facebook chats). I’ve chosen to study Engineering at Auckland Uni, mainly because… I dunno, why does anyone do anything?

When studying Engineering isn’t eating me alive, you might be able to find me reading, coding (hey, that might be the reason!), watching anime/Sherlock/Doctor Who, or making an attempt to form a social life. Though who knows what weird hobbies I might pick up while I’m at uni!

So if you come across a short (5’1″), clumsy, Asian, and looks-like-she-should-still-be-in-intermediate-school girl, come say hi.

Waka ama

This past March seven waka ama teams competed in The Great Waka Ama Race.

The race started and finished at Takapuna Beach, teams paddled five kilometres from Takapuna to Rangitoto Island, ran a return eight kilometres to the summit and then paddled back to Takapuna Beach. The winner of the event won an all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii to race in the Queen Lili’uokalani Memorial race. Considered the largest long-distance outrigger canoe race in the world, the winning team will compete against international crews in a 30km open-water race off the island of Kona, Hawaii. The winners for 2017 were from the faculty of Engineering.

Last year team Engineering went on to Hawaii and won two gold medals, and are looking for a repeat this year! Team Engineering has been training and competing in local competitions to prepare for Hawaii this year. With an experienced team, they are hoping to come out on top in Hawaii.

Sarah Carson

Age 21
Engineering (chemical materials)
From Pakuranga, Auckland
Only started paddling in January 2017

Georgia Naera

Age 19
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
From Rotorua
Started paddling when she was only seven.

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