Kylie Lyders was born to study at Lincoln. Growing up on a sheep and beef farm in South Otago and hailing from a close rural community, she always wanted to come to a small, friendly campus.
“I have met so many amazing people at Lincoln,” she says. “It’s like a big family and we have a really good year group. I will always value the friendships I have made here.”
Kylie’s farming background makes our flagship Bachelor of Agricultural Science the ideal programme for her.
“Since being at Lincoln, I’ve decided I’d like to become a rep in the agri sector, so I can offer advice to farmers that will help them reach their goals,” she says. “But eventually, I see myself going back to the family farm.”
She finds Lincoln’s field trips especially beneficial in terms of growing her knowledge and she enjoys lab work in the areas of animal, plant and soil sciences.
“I’m a hands-on person, so practical work gives me a better understanding of the course content.”
She loves the extracurricular activities arranged by the Lincoln University Students’ Association and has helped out with Handy Landys – a group of students in the Canterbury area who give back to the rural community during times of stress and hardship.
“It’s super fun and nice to be able to volunteer and help farmers and others around the community,” she says.
When Kylie’s not indulging her passion for farming, she’s showcasing her athletic prowess on the world stage. As a talented aerobic gymnast, she has been selected to represent New Zealand at the 2019 FISAF World Championships in the Netherlands.
“I often work with the sports scholarship trainers at the Lincoln Rec Centre. They have been really helpful and have had a massive influence on my sport.”
Kylie has high praise for Lincoln lecturers, who she describes as “really understanding and caring”.
“They’re always open to helping out when sport clashes with university work and happy to juggle things to fit in with sporting trips if you’re going to be away.”
She says Lincoln is helping her to grow by providing numerous opportunities. “I have been exposed to so many different things that put me out of my comfort zone and allow me to showcase my strengths. It’s amazing.”