Graduate profile

Lara-Bolton.jpg Student: Lara Bolton
Graduated: 2012

Coming to university from high school can be daunting and it’s hard to know what to expect.

That’s what Massey Sport and Exercise graduate Lara Bolton found when she first started at Massey but her worries were short lived.

"My experience at Massey was great," she says. "I found the programme difficult at the start. Coming straight out of school it was hard to motivate myself initially. The staff were always willing to help which made studying more enjoyable. Massey uses a hands-on approach so we did lots of practical learning, and each year the staff would throw a quiz night for the students which was always fun."

In 2012, Lara completed a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Sport and Exercise at the Wellington campus.

"By the second year, I started enjoying it more, our class narrowed down a lot and we got to know each other better. We had to complete 200 hours of practicum work (in the final year), which included working in Massey's Cardiac Clinic and other placements, which we had to do in our own time. It was very rewarding getting to work with the public and making a difference in people's lives by encouraging them to be more active."

She chose to study the health science degree at Massey because it covered a whole range of health elements including anatomy, physiology, exercise testing and exercise prescription.

Less than three months after completing her degree, she was offered a full-time job as a Cardiac Technician at the Dominion Clinic in Wellington.

"I am still learning a lot about the clinic but so far I am loving the job. It has been the perfect first job for me, and a great way to start my career."

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