Maddy Parker is in her fourth year of study towards a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biotechnology.
Maddy Parker is in her fourth year of study towards a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biotechnology. Studying at Victoria University of Wellington has given her the chance to meet and learn from so many talented people—it has completely changed the way she thinks.
The University is filled with so many talented people that I've been lucky enough to work with. In my third year, I collaborated with one of my lecturers on a research paper—taking the opportunity to talk to him, hear his ideas and see things from a different point of view has been a huge part of my learning. I think university is so much more than just studying. It's a chance to meet all of these incredible people, and it's those connections that will play a big role in shaping me and will ultimately influence my future.
Small town feel
I love Wellington, everything that you could possibly want is right here in this one little place. I can bike along the coast, go on bush walks, see local artists and musicians, and have great coffee and food. It's a big city with a small town feel—everyone ends up knowing each other. One of my favourite ways to start the day is to head up the hill to uni and look out at the view and see how beautiful the city is. Wellington is home for me and not just a place where I study.
A new way of thinking
Being part of a young industry like Biotechnology is really exciting. Science has an increasing influence on our lives, yet there are so many unknowns—it’s an environment for growth and innovation. Questioning everything has become a new way of thinking for me. Since studying at university, I now realise it's not scary when there are no answers. I've applied this way of thinking to everyday life. I don't know what the future holds but I know it will be an amazing set of experiences I can't predict.