“Many people find it difficult to make friends at university, including me. ACG helped with that – I made many friends during the Pathway course.”
Maiza Rehan, 18, graduated from ACG Pathways in 2017. Now she’s undertaking a Bachelor of Science at Victoria University of Wellington, majoring in Computer Science and Psychology.
Born in Pakistan, Maiza grew up in Singapore where, as a child, she was influenced by her father’s work with computers and two sisters’ interest in Information Technology. Since then, she has been passionate about Computer Science. She hopes eventually to find a career that combines technology with her love of Psychology.
Meantime, she’s loving her course of study and believes it’s setting her up for the future. She says Pathways provided the right preparation – so much so that her sister, Malahat, has now enrolled.
“I wanted to start university sooner, so I looked into the options and this one seemed the most efficient and cost effective,” she said. “Many people find it difficult to make friends at university, including me. ACG helped with that – I made many friends during the Pathway course.”
As she nears the end of her first year of University, where she has thrown herself into campus life as part of the Victoria International Leadership Programme, Victoria Plus Programme, Fijian Club, Tramping Club and more, she is loving life in New Zealand.
“It’s the people – they are so friendly and are always happy to help if you have any issues,” she explains.
So what advice would she give to someone considering Pathways? “While it is important to work hard and keep focused, it is also okay to have fun and enjoy your time!”
Maiza completed ACG Pathway’s Victoria University of Wellington Foundation Studies Programme in 2018. She was a recipient of a $5,000 ACG Star scholarship. The scholarships are awarded based on community engagement, environmental work or leadership qualities, as well as high academic achievement.