Uni student set up for failure.


Reluctant resignation Photo/ Grace Ellis 


An Auckland student was sent home in tears after being forced to leave university within the first week.

Sryne Wood, 20, a fresher at Auckland’s Massey University, was to start studying a Bachelor of Health Science on February 27th, hoping to major in Human Nutrition.

Accepted into the degree within 2 weeks of her application, Wood explained she didn’t hear from Massey again until the annual Orientation Week emails rolled out.

Being over the age of 20, Wood received adult entry, meaning she didn’t require the usual prereq’s to be accepted.

As semester one began, the student soon realised that the classes she was taking, Chemistry and Biology, were out of her league.

Falling behind within the first week, Sryne was unable to understand lecture material.
Coming from being a straight-A student in 2016, studying her first year of a Bachelor of Exercise Science at AUT, the student thought that if she studied harder, she would undoubtedly catch up to the rest of her peers.

On asking for help from her teachers, “They kind of just said that they couldn’t tell me what to do, but they do recommend that I had already had previous knowledge of science and things… It’s a bit annoying that they accepted me, knowing that now”.

Further enquiring about bridging courses and tutoring to help her get back on track, Wood was told they weren’t available and they “pretty much laughed in my face”.

Struggling to survive with the few living costs provided by StudyLink, ($176.86 per week) and her part-time job only consisting of one day a week because of study commitments, the only options were to stick it out, find tutoring or drop out.

Reluctantly, Wood resigned as she couldn’t afford to pay for tutoring and going to class just to fail seemed pointless.

According to the Tertiary Education Commission (2013), 1 in 5 students drop out of university in their first year.


Graph: Mava Moayyed

With rent prices in Auckland going up 25% for the last five years, it seems Wood was essentially set up for failure.

In investigating StudyLink, I was refused to be talked to. Wanting their personal thoughts on the subject, no comments were made.

How many other students will this happen to before StudyLink realises the fact that students are struggling at the expense of their education?



Sryne Wood (0272024933)





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