Influenced by her daughter who was a student at Ara, Sheryll Anngow decided to return to study.
She chose the New Zealand Diploma in Human Resource Management, which she studied part-time while continuing to work full-time. She enjoyed being back in a learning environment. “The material was interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed engaging with class discussions,” she says.
Because Sheryll has mild dyslexia, the resources and assistance available to her through Learning Services proved invaluable. “They provided me with extra assistance with my assignments and strategies to help with exam papers.” Disability Services also provided a note taker. These services enabled Sheryll to successfully complete her diploma.
Hungry to learn more, she enrolled in a Bachelor of Applied Management, studying part-time while still working full-time. “I was only just passing with C grades, but as I continued, my grades got better.” Although she stayed connected with Learning Services, Sheryll found she didn’t require too much assistance with her assignments.
With such a busy life, the support from tutors and Learning Services made a big difference for Sheryll. “Sometimes life gets in the way and being able to get extensions on my assignments was a lifesaver. Study has been challenging but it’s shaped me into the person I am today. I’ve learned never to give up, and that you have to have faith and confidence in what you do. And you have to stay focused on your goals. It’s important to remember that it’s not just about getting there, but the journey getting there.”
Sheryll will complete her degree in September 2018 and graduate with a double major in human resource management and hospitality management.
“I’m so grateful to Learning for all their help and for giving me the confidence and ability to grow during my time at Ara and beyond.”