Therese Kiely is studying for a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology conjoint degree, majoring in History, Geography and Practical Theology.
“Being an Arts student gives you the ability to broaden your knowledge, with a huge range of subjects to choose from. All the staff in the Faculty of Arts are extremely helpful, particularly the Tuākana mentors. The Arts Tuākana mentors are always willing to check essay drafts, answer questions and basically be older family members to you, which I think is an important support link for Māori and Pacific students.
“I’ve always been passionate about history and theology, so much so that I ultimately want to be a history and religious education teacher. A scholar in my first Theology lecture summed up what these subjects mean for me - ‘thinking about everything all the time’. Without reflecting on the people and events in the past we can’t make better decisions for the future.
“Don’t feel too daunted about applying for a BA/BTheol. Even if you find out later that you don’t like the initial subject you choose, there’s huge flexibility. Once you get into the rhythm of work, you’ll be on the way to an internationally recognised degree.”