Otago or Auckland?

Discussion in 'NZ General Discussion' started by g.walker, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. MatchaLava23

    MatchaLava23 New Member

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    I'm having a similar problem to Avo^ about deciding between the two unis too and would love some advice! :)

    I received offers for a schol at Auckland and Otago (though Auckland offers 2k more than Otago). I've been trying to weigh up the pros and cons, and currently I'm leaning towards otago, though I'm scared to make a complete decision. I live in Christchurch, so either way, I'd have to spend money on accommodation. I've also never been to Auckland before, so I can't really make fair opinion on whether I'd like it or not.

    Pros of going to Otago and not Auckland:
    • No interview (I'm terrible at interviews), so probs slightly bigger chance of getting into med through Otago
    • I've been to the town several times before and temporarily stayed at 2 of their halls of accommodation, so I'm more familiar with the place.
    • I love the friendly and cosy vibes I get from the town and how it's so focused on students
    • On the long run, say IF i get into med, I can come back to Chch after 3rd year, which would save on money.
    • Idk if it's just a stereotype, but I've heard that Auckland health sci students are a lot more competitive than Otago ones.
    • Apparently Auckland has a higher crime rate than Otago?
    • Otago has halls of residence that accept returners.
    Pros of going to Auckland and not Otago:
    • I'm trying something new
    • Slightly more money offered than Otago in the schol
    • Unlike Otago, they're not cutting down on lectures next year (or at least not that I've heard of)
    About a third or quarter of my school year group are all going to Otago next year to do health sci. Not sure if that's a good or bad thing, because either way, I was hoping to meet some new people, but also don't really mind who I end up being friends with next year.

    Although it might look like there are wayy more pros in going to Otago, some of the pros of going to Auckland (i.e. trying something new, and Auckland not cutting down on lectures) are rather important to me. I'm scared to make a hasty decision because in the end, which uni I go to will def impact my future.

  2. Stuart

    Stuart Moderator Moderator

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    Hi there,

    I understand your delimma and I don't think there will be one right solution. I think it's true that your decision will have a massive impact on your life, but I don't believe either one would be particularly negative in comparison. In the end, you won't know for sure until you see things fold out.

    I would personally suggest considering financial and logistic issues first, then choose the one that you will be most comfortable with (studying at) and will have the most support. I would rather focus on the big stuff than smaller details such as lectures. In the end, you will adapt to those things one way or another. It is usually harder for people to adapt to, say, not having the support (e.g. family).

    Good luck!
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