Wanting to help students reach their potential is what motivates personal trainer-turned-Student Success Advisor, April Campbell.
April attended Massey University on an Academy of Sport scholarship, having represented New Zealand in hurdles while at high school. There she completed a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise majoring in Management & Coaching.
However, her athletic pursuits were cut short while she battled cancer during her studies.
“I continued studying because it shifted my concentration away from my illness. It made me more determined to graduate” says April.
After graduating, April spent a year working as a personal trainer before joining the UCOL team back home in the Wairarapa
“I wanted to move into the education sector and help students with their career pathway.”
April started as UCOL’s Wairarapa Campus Student Enrolment Advisor in 2016. Two years later she moved into her current Student Success Advisor role. April works closely with Bachelor of Nursing, and other diploma and certificate students, providing one-on-one academic and learning support, and running workshops.
“I’m passionate about seeing students succeed. It’s a nice feeling when students tell me that they have passed and get a buzz from it.”
April says she is able to apply skills from her personal training background to her current role, such as motivating students, and teaching them about time and workload management.
“I want students to know that Student Success is here and our doors are always open.”
April is looking forward to continuing her professional development in the areas of student learning support and teaching strategies.