Bachelor of Arts Student Engagement (BASE+)

The Bachelor of Arts Student Engagement initiative has been created to actively support first-year students undertaking a Bachelor of Arts degree. At BASE+ we are committed to being student-centred and we aim to bridge the divide between academic and personal development in the most realistic, holistic and accessible way possible.

Throughout the semester BASE+ hosts a range of activities bringing together people, often from diverse parts of the university, who all share a passion for providing the best opportunities and experiences for students. Events, such as the BA Breakfast help to welcome our students and create an environment of growth and participation. Through competitions and forums BA students have opportunities to create and share their stories, knowledge and life skills. Our BA Monday Sessions focus on the essential academic and personal development skills required to be successful at university.

JOIN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP – BASE@MASSEY TO CONNECT, GROW AND SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Contact the BASE Team

Murray Kirk
BASE Facilitator
(Manawatu campus)
Email: M.N.Kirk@massey.ac.nz
Ph: ext 86236

The most important thing I have learned is to find the enjoyment in my studies. My first courses were often chosen for others’ sake i.e. a degree for a job, to take the course to fulfill others’ expectations. This only led to false starts. The trick is to find your passion and follow that. Having this clear goal will help you succeed when times get tough.

Alister (Tali) Lavini
BASE Facilitator
(Manawatu campus)
Email: A.P.Lavini@massey.ac.nz
Ph: ext 86261

Your workload will required good time management and discipline in order to ensure assignments are in on time. Persistence and enduring the challenges of studying are vital principles I have learned as a student. There were times where I was tempted to give up studying and return to full-time employment but determination to keep going and strong support from my wife enabled me to continue. I was fortunate to have someone in my life that had good background and understanding of university life.

Evangeline Dunn
BASE Facilitator
(Albany campus)
Email: E.Dunn@massey.ac.nz
Ph: ext 49025

Knowing what services were actually available to me as a student was the most incredibly helpful thing during my studies; it was just unfortunate that I was unaware of most of these services until my final year of study. Services like degree planning and academic writing sessions would have saved me countless hours of stress had I known they were there. This is why I encourage students to get out there and make the most of what the university is offering; there are different services, clubs and events for nearly everything you could possibly imagine, and it’s as simple as signing up and attending a few workshops which can make a huge difference to your university experience.

Heather Aguilar
BASE Coordinator
Email: H.L.Aguilar@massey.ac.nz
Ph: ext 83118

If you do one thing at during your time at university, learn how to use the library. Properly. Sure you can walk in and find a couple of random books or articles out of luck. But, to get the best results from your searches learn how to use the databases correctly. Without this effective and important skill you'll pass, sure. But, with it you could do so much more - knowledge is power and all that. How do I know this? My first job out of university was working in a university library and wow! did that open my eyes to the possibilities, you've no idea what is available until you ask. So ask, please ask, people have jobs simply so you can ask them stuff.

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