Lincoln experience a slam dunk for Rosie

16 September 2022 | News

Former basketball scholar and 2022 graduate, Rosie Samia, has enjoyed the Lincoln experience so much, she’s staying on to pursue a Master’s degree.

During high school, she was interested in geography and wanted to continue studying an environment-focused subject, which led her to enrol in the Bachelor of Environmental Management.

"My careers advisor at the time suggested Lincoln University and then I discovered that Lincoln offered basketball scholarships, which ended up tying in nicely, as I wanted to continue playing basketball out of high school as well," she said.

Learning about Māori environmental management was a highlight of her degree, as "Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Māori issues are a huge part of Aotearoa’s history".

The renowned Sports Scholarship Programme also provided a multitude of opportunities.

"Being part of the basketball crew at Lincoln has been a pretty cool experience for me," she said. "Everyone you are involved with in the programme is super welcoming and wants the best for you and your goals.

"I think one of my best memories was going to China with our 3x3 women’s basketball team in 2019, where we competed in the World Tertiary basketball championships and got the visit the Great Wall of China."

And it's onwards and upwards for Rosie as for as study is concerned. She is now pursuing a Master of Environmental Policy and Management, which will equip her with advanced research and analytical skills, preparing her to make a significant impact as she searches for solutions to some of the world’s biggest issues. 

She’s taking advantage of Lincoln’s fees free scheme, which offers a fee waiver to domestic students for a variety of postgraduate programmes until the end of 2023.

Rosie will be at the Lincoln University Graduation Celebration in the Christchurch Town Hall on 23 September to mark her academic achievements so far.

Although she already received her Bachelor of Environmental Management earlier this year, the event was organised to acknowledge the hard work of Lincoln’s 2022 graduates, following the cancellation of the original ceremony in May due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

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