CHARLOTTE ROBERTSON

DairyNZ masters scholar

Charlotte knew she wanted to study science as soon as it became an option as a subject at school.

SCHOOL: Palmerston North Girls’ High School
TRAINING INSTITUTE: Massey University (Bachelor of Natural Sciences)
CURRENT EMPLOYMENT: Studying a Master of Science (Research) from Waikato University

“At intermediate, Science Fair was the coolest competition, aside from triathlon, volleyball and swimming sports”

Charlotte describes Massey’s Bachelor of Natural Sciences as a broad science degree designed to teach through inquiry-based learning. “Rather than learning purely from textbooks, there was a lot of focus on teaching us how to develop communication, analytical, and other research skills – things we need to be able to do as scientists.”

Now 24, Charlotte is a Master’s Scholar at DairyNZ.

Ultimately, Charlotte would like to complete a PhD, become a researcher in environmentally sustainable dairy farming practices and be “communicating this research to make the differences we need.”

Her advice is: “Don’t avoid ‘scary’ opportunities, apply for scholarships and subjects you are interested in, and don’t feel like you have to go straight for your end goal.”

Profile from Leaving School Magazine Issue #12

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