Are you a secondary school student wanting to know what life is REALLY like at uni? Classes, courses, events, money, studying, stressing… You’re about to get the Inside Word on all of it, straight from the people who are experiencing it. The Inside Word is a blog written by first year uni students and they are going to tell you everything you want to know about your first year of study at the University of Auckland.


Hello hello hello! After a year-long break from The Inside Word, I am back to enthral you all for another year! Literally nothing has changed since first year, except that I got my braces off and that I am now in Medical School!

25 Things About Me // Student Edition

Hello! I'm Sonna. Often found running to my lectures (even though I live 5 mins away), watching medical TV shows, burning everything in the kitchen, and doing lots of regular studying (read: procrastinating). Welcome to my first blog! Leave a comment below, and let's kōrero!

An Adventure in Cooking

Going into second year at university at a self-catered hall of residence has opened a whole new world for me. Cooking. Despite having pretty much free reign of my parent’s kitchen at home, it was...

Phase 2

Hi! I wrote for the Inside Word last year and my goodness, it’s great to be back! I am going into my second year here at UoA and initially, I had some mixed feelings about being back; a few of my...

Close Your Eyes and Count to Ten

I can’t lie, I’ve held off from writing this final blog post for quite some time for a few reasons, the main one being that it rather symbolically marks the end of an era. I remember that very...

The introvert’s guide to goodbyes.

Hello hello! Welcome friends, to what will probably be my last Inside Word blog post 😭. *looks around* Wait. Lean in a bit closer. I have a secret to tell you. … I spent days trying to think of...

Cue the Tears

I’ve never been that person who embraces the idea of change. I know it is inevitable, yet I actively try and avoid it. The reason I try and avoid it is because I fear the incredible...


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