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Trudy Little

Te Mataora Recipient

A photograph of UCOL MPTT recipient Trudy Little.

Studying for a Bachelor of Applied Science (MIT) was always a goal for Trudy Little, New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation - Level 4 Student at UCOL.

“I had always planned on a career in radiography but it was never the right time to start my study journey until this year. I chose to study at UCOL because it offered the pathway courses as well as the degree for the career in which I am pursuing. I have applied for the Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology) at UCOL and am hoping to get accepted for the 2019 intake.”

After applying to enrol in the Health Pathway that UCOL offers, one of the team contacted her to let her know she should apply for a scholarship through Maori and Pasifika Trades Training (Te Mataora. “I wasn’t award of Te Mataora until I got that phone call. Being awarded this scholarship meant a lot to me as I don't qualify for a student allowance, so any help towards keeping my student loan minimal is greatly appreciated! I can’t thank the MPTT programme enough for taking one of the stresses out of study for me.”

“My iwi is Ngāti Tuwharetoa. I am of Māori and pacific decent. As well as my studies, I am proud to be a wife and mother of three, and really want to be a role model to my children and show them by example, that they are able to achieve whatever they set their minds to. UCOL and the MPTT team have been so extremely supportive to me since I started on this journey.”

“I'm proud of how much knowledge I've gained this year and my grades, but I'm most proud of how well I've balanced study and family life. My husband and I have worked together excellently as a team, making sure we block out certain times during the week and spend quality time together with the kids.”

Finding a way to fit in family and studies is important to Trudy but she also find times for herself, whether that be in her garden growing fruit and vegetables, or at the gym lifting weights. Exercise is something she really enjoys and is another great way to stay healthy “UCOL is exercise for the brain and the gym is exercise for the body”. 

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