A group of secondary school students from Australia and Auckland enjoyed a five-day visit to Lincoln University last week.
The event, called ‘Land the Trip’, is an annual competition open to Year 11, 12, and 13 students in the Auckland region and the Australian states of Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, and South Australia.
Entrants are expected to have a strong interest in the land-based sectors because these are Lincoln University’s specialty.
The winners were given the chance to experience the life of a Lincoln student by attending mini-lectures, taking part in applied learning modules, and enjoying a tour of Christchurch city.
Senior Student Liaison Officer Sophie Prangnell says the event proved very successful.
“The students were really engaged and participated in the sessions well. They asked very informed questions and left feeling positive about Lincoln.
“Several of them commented that they loved the hands-on, practical components to our learning environment.
“I was really impressed when I asked one of the students if she was looking forward to going home and she said, ‘No, I’m looking forward to coming back.’”
The majority of the students said they planned to attend Lincoln once finishing high school.
Auckland student Jacob Wright, of Saint Kentigern College, says the event enabled him to gain a good understanding of the courses on offer.
“Being able to meet the students made me feel far more confident as well, as it gave me an idea about what the culture is like. It was cool being able to get to know some of the students.”
Australian student Jessica Riches, of Sacred Heart College in Geelong, says she found the mini-lectures informative and engaging.
“The lecturers were also very engaging, passionate and relatable. The trip was the opportunity of a lifetime.”