LU helps Natasha smash career and sporting goals

15 September 2022 | News

Carrying out practical work at Novo Group as part of her degree proved fruitful for new graduate Natasha Ryan, who became a full-time landscape architect there after completing her studies.

In addition to kick-starting her professional career with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Natasha took part in Lincoln’s renowned Sports Scholarship Programme, reaching great heights in netball.

She enjoyed stunning success on the court, winning an individual Blues Award for Sporting Excellence in 2021 and being part of the LU Premier Netball Team that scooped Team of the Year for taking out the Christchurch Netball Centre Premier Division.

Her involvement across a wide range of activities on campus gave Natasha the chance to meet a wide range of people "and make lifelong friends along the way, whether it was through my course, the Halls of Residence, sports teams or the LU Gym".

She said studying at Lincoln prepared her for a professional career by offering hands-on experience, introducing her to potential employers and giving her the chance to network with businesses around Christchurch.

"One aspect of my studies that I enjoyed the most was being exposed to a variety of lecturers, tutors and professionals with a wide range of experiences and valuable information.

"I also enjoyed working towards my Major Design Project, which was based on Otamahua/Quail Island. Being able to learn about the rich historical and ecological heritage of the island was thoroughly enjoyable."

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

Although she already received her qualification earlier this year, the ceremony 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.Natasha Ryan (right) with 2021 LU Premier Netball Team captain, Laura Dorgan, at last year's Blue and Gold Awards. 

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