Elizabeth Strickett has a fondness for Ferrero Rocher chocolates, Glee and at the moment course readings and scholarly articles. Course readings, not books because who has time for reading books when you’re majoring in marketing, media and psychology? Not Elizabeth.
Elizabeth is a third year student, this year taking a mix of courses in Maori media and psychology. Her fascination with psychology has become more focused as she learns about clinical, abnormal, discourse, gender and social construction.
Elizabeth is Maori, Croatian and Pakeha, born and raised in Auckland and the second youngest of five. It’s not so surprising then that Elizabeth is hesitant to admit who has inspired her but confesses that her sister has, she admires her sister’s strength of character and values. Secondly she chooses her godmother Pauline, who I think has influenced Elizabeth’s interest in psychology and the desire to make a difference in the world. While at school, Elizabeth became involved with Kidsline and has continued her interest in youth by working with Youthline.
This year Elizabeth is coordinating the Awhina programme in psychology. She was drawn to the Awhina programme in her second year of study, in part because the programme brings together other Maori students studying psychology. Awhina is a mentoring support programme for Maori and Pacifica students but is inclusive of all students within the Sciences.
Next year Elizabeth will finish the requirements of her qualifications and is considering doing an Honours degree in psychology. At this point anything is possible.