Doug Gaylard

Doug is studying for a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Media, Film and Television.

Doug Gaylard

“After working in advertising for over twelve years, late nights and tight deadlines had started to take their toll. I was spending more and more time daydreaming about working at the Auckland Museum – a bit of a childhood dream – so I decided to take the plunge.

“I’ve really enjoyed the experience of learning from respected experts. Having a hands-on learning environment – particularly in Anthropology – has really helped me gain some valuable skills, and an appreciation for just how much the past can teach us.

“Of course artefacts aren’t just limited to middens and stone tools. Studying Media, Film and Television has helped me get to grips with more contemporary cultural artefacts (such as films and comic books) and what they can teach us about ourselves.

“Auckland was the only place in New Zealand where I could get the kind of hands-on archaeological experience that I wanted and I knew that the University of Auckland had a great reputation. Anthropology also has a tight relationship with the Auckland Museum and that was of key importance for me when planning my new career.

“I also like the vibrancy of Auckland as a city, so it’s the best of both worlds. Having a campus that is so close to the CBD and key public transport routes is really handy. I’m not much of a party person, so it’s nice to have quiet places on campus where I can focus on my studies.

“The support I’ve received in the Faculty of Arts has been excellent. Ending a full-time career in advertising to enter a tertiary environment was a huge step – especially since I hadn’t set foot in a classroom for over 15 years. Student Learning Services have been invaluable in helping me acclimatise and make the most of the resources that the University offers.

“I’ve also really enjoyed building relationships with my fellow students, tutors and lecturers. They even tolerate my corny jokes.”


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