Meet the UoA Weekly production crew
This year we launched UoA Weekly, a new video series created by students for students about what’s on at UoA with events, activities, updates, and much more! New episodes were published weekly on the University of Auckland’s official social media channels and on TV screens throughout the University.
We asked the UoA Weekly production crew members to share a few words about their experiences. Grace Couperus, a first-year Bachelor of Science student and UoA Weekly Writer, interviewed Tracy Lin, a second-year Bachelor of Health Sciences student, about her role as UoA Weekly Presenter.
Read on to find out how it went!
Firstly, why did you decide to join UoA Weekly?
I took up this opportunity as I wanted to join extra-curricular activities this year. When I came across this role, I realised it was quite fitting for what I was interested in, particularly because I have always wanted to be a television host.
It was a personal goal of mine to be more open to different experiences this year, even if they may feel daunting and scary. So, when this role came around, it took some reflection upon my original intentions of wanting to join, and I just went for it!
Also, being recognised as a valued part of the University community is lovely. So much value has come from my co-curriculars, and so, having the opportunity to be recognised for them is an awesome cherry on top.
Have you experienced any challenges along the way?
This experience was very new for me as I am not someone that will push myself out of my comfort zone, especially exposing myself to the wider University community. However, this was an amazing learning experience. In particular, the filming process and the skills gained from this project will help me with future careers.
I’d encourage others interested in this to be brave and put themselves out there to take hold of every opportunity, as you never know what you could get out of it!
Can you name some key takeaways from your role as a Presenter?
My major personal benefit has been improving my public speaking skills and a boost in my confidence. With a close-knit group, everyone was extremely supportive and encouraging, even if my presenting wasn’t that good at times. I’d encourage others interested in this to be brave and put themselves out there to take hold of every opportunity, as you never know what you could get out of it!
Finally, what have you enjoyed most about being part of UoA Weekly?
I loved how the team got to rotate and film at different locations around campus. This enhanced my perspectives on what facilities I have yet to discover, despite two years at the University. As a presenter, filming with different crew members every time was also really fun, and some good friendships were developed during this as well!
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