Uni-selection time!

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So, as some of you might remember, I'm looking into getting myself into Uni (well...that was the plan, the grades...are something else I need to worry about.)

I'm looking into some hard concrete choices now, with AUT being my first. I'm now looking in the Aussie/NZ direction now but I'm not quite sure what I'm doing anymore.

I've been to the AUT website, looked at all the links and doodads and decided Applied Science sounds like what I'm going to apply for (or maybe I'm not, can Steve or Kat or somebody else enlighten me?)

Do I need a Personal Statment to apply for AU/NZ Unis? I also need the minimum requirements, in IB-score, which I have failed to locate the the enquiry section really isn't helping.

If I do need a PS/CV, can someone take a look at mine and tell me how I could improve upon it?

I swear, these Uni-doodads are killing me.

Conclusion:
I. Need Uni-list (up to 4), current selection being:
1) AUT
2) University of Otago
3)
4)

II. Need IB-score and uni information (particularly on Applied Science in AUT)
1) AUT -?
2) University of Otago - 26 IB points


III. Need somebody to help me write my PC/CV if required


Yar, bashing me head on a brick wall is less painful than writing up CVs. :banghead:
 

monty

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I know different countries often have different terminology and requirements for admissions, so it's probably useful to find out what the "standards" are in NZ before trying to understand AUT specifically.... at least in the US, the schools have their own esoteric requirements, but they assume everyone knows the "standard" requirements.

I'm a bit out of practice at such things, but usually schools seem to want transcripts, standardized test scores, some sort of essay, recommendations, and possibly an interview.
 

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Also, at the risk of being scathing, the AUT website is utter crap. :smile: Your best bet is to be in touch with Steve directly about application requirements - as I recall it's a lot simpler than it looks.
 

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I really don't want to influence your decision Eric; there are many universities with a better international reputation than AUT. The decision will be yours.

All I will say is that you'll have access to the postgraduate community from day 1, their research (and can get involved in it), a desk, swipe-card access to a secure area (that no other undergraduate ever has had), and will be spoilt rotten.

Your call!
 

Jean

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You could look at coming south! Otago is a great uni, although we don't have a ceph group (Just me and Fiona) we do have a great zoo dept (& a minor in marine science) also we've just introduced a BApp Sci in Fisheries and Aquaculture.

http://www.otago.ac.nz/marinescience/
http://www.otago.ac.nz/appliedscience/bappsc/aqfi.php
http://www.otago.ac.nz/international/index.php


Course it's a wee bit colder down here than in Auckland........but we're close to ski fields, the fiords etc etc etc!!!

Cheers

Jean
 
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Steve O'Shea;124233 said:
I really don't want to influence your decision Eric; there are many universities with a better international reputation than AUT. The decision will be yours.

All I will say is that you'll have access to the postgraduate community from day 1, their research (and can get involved in it), a desk, swipe-card access to a secure area (that no other undergraduate ever has had), and will be spoilt rotten.

Your call!

I'm personally less worried about reputation than am I going to enjoy my life there. My secondary school life so far makes going to hell sound like an improvement. Besides, at least I KNOW poeple there (unlike my current school, which USED to have a great reputation and turns out to be a hell-hole.)


Re: Otago, so what do I need to get in? I'm looking at the undergrad and frankly, all this internet and website looking is making me dizzy.
Am I on the right course if I'm staring at:
MARI 202 - Marine Invertebrates &
MARI 301 - Marine Ecology ?
 

Nancy

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You probably also need to think about the financial aspects.
Can you afford to go just anywhere? Do you need financial aid or a scholarship?

Also, I don't think many people find their years at university so bad. You have personal freedom and a fairly nice life. If you don't like what you're studying, then you can change to something else - you're not locked in, like you are in high school.

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Financially, my Dad says he can manage. But I might have to work a part-time job to make sure I don't become over-reliant and to not be such a big burden and all with a brother that JUST entered nursery school.
 

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