Michaela Minnie, Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
“I chose to study at EIT because the programme offered work-based and on-campus study. Having the practical and theory going hand in hand, and then being taught in person by a lecturer has just made learning so easy.”
Tell us a bit about your background?
My name is Michaela Minnie, I am from South Africa and have been living in New Zealand with my family for three years. I also have an 18-month old daughter. I am in my first year of study for a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) at EIT Hawke’s Bay.
Why did you choose to study at EIT?
I chose to study at EIT because the programme offered work-based and on-campus study. Having the practical and theory going hand in hand, and then being taught in person by a lecturer has just made learning so easy.
How are you settling in to study and life at EIT?
My studies are two days on campus at EIT and at least 12 hours at an early childhood centre. Having the practical hours along with the on-campus learning has been very beneficial to how I learn at the centre. My theory links so well with what I need to know while I’m working. It also gives me a sense of confidence going into work from day to day.
What have been the highlights of your time at EIT so far?
Being able to go into a classroom with people who have the same passion as you has been the main highlight for me, along with EIT cafeteria food! I must also say being able to learn te reo Māori through my programme has given me a sense of belonging living here in New Zealand.
How do you hope your programme and experience at EIT will help you in your future career?
I hope that by the end of my three years I can be a competent and passionate ECE teacher who is able to indulge in the diverse culture of New Zealand.