Andrew Bester

Andrew is studying for a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws conjoint majoring in Politics and International Relations.

Andrew Bester

“I chose Auckland because of the exciting opportunities offered in New Zealand’s hub of activity: Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city, and the University of Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and most highly-ranked tertiary institution. These factors in mind, Auckland seemed like a fairly obvious choice.

“The Faculty of Arts offers brilliant scope, with a great range of disciplines and courses. This makes being a Faculty student a hugely individualised experience - you can do exactly what you’re interested in while remaining a member of the wider Faculty. I particularly like the ability for personal expression in the Faculty

“The contrasting opinions within and between courses in Politics and International Relations are very interesting. These highlight the complexity of the real world and clearly demonstrate the practical application of the study. History courses fit well, as they provide an understanding of how things came to be the way they are. The lecturers each bring something very different and an incredible depth of knowledge. There are also many opportunities for interaction, which adds to the experience.

“I was born in Invercargill and moved to Auckland at the start of 2013 for my first year. Having lived in O’Rorke Hall last year, I can speak very highly of the student lifestyle. The hall provided an environment allowing for a perfect balance between academic achievement and the expected first year experience. With the friends made in the Hall and around university, this has continued into my second year and the flatting lifestyle. Student life at Auckland is vibrant, fun and well-supported.

“I would definitely recommend going into a hall of residence for your first year, for the social experience and the guidance offered to help you get a grip on the new lifestyle. Apart from that, take the courses that sound interesting and they should eventually combine into a degree that will take you where you want to go.”

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