As a local boy raised in Porirua, going to Victoria University was a no brainer for Joshua Trlin.
Josh studies Law and says he is expected to ask many questions and consider many perspectives. It was the same when he was contemplating university study in the first place.
“When I was deciding what I wanted to study at Victoria, the two main questions I asked myself were, what am I good at and what am I interested in? For me, Law was the answer to both.
“I’ve always been interested in helping people and protecting people’s rights and that’s what Law is all about.”
Josh says being able to study at the heart of New Zealand’s legal system in Wellington has been a real advantage.
“I feel like I’m at the best law school in New Zealand. We’re in the old Government Buildings, so on one side of the road is Parliament and the Beehive and on the other side is the Supreme Court. We’re in the heart of law-making in New Zealand,” he says.
Josh has looked for opportunities outside his studies.
“I’ve been involved with a not-for-profit organisation that provides management consulting services to charities. It gives a practical application for what we're learning, but at the same time we're actively giving back to the community and helping people.”
Josh says his experience as a student at Victoria has been about much more than lectures and exams.
“The community at Victoria has been hugely influential on me. It's made up of a real cross-section of New Zealand society and being here has exposed to a wide range of people and ideas.”