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Maddy Parker


Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biotechnology


Maddy Parker

I’m studying towards a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biotechnology at Victoria University of Wellington.

Know where to connect

Victoria is filled with so many talented people that I've been lucky enough to work with. In my third year, I collaborated with one of my lecturers on a research paper—taking the opportunity to talk to him, hear his ideas and see things from a different point of view has been a huge part of my learning.

I think university is so much more than just studying. It's a chance to meet all of these incredible people, and it's those connections that will play a big role in shaping me and will ultimately influence my future.

Know your potential

Being part of a young industry like Biotechnology is really exciting. Science has an increasing influence on our lives, yet there are so many unknowns—it’s an environment for growth and innovation.

Questioning everything has become a new way of thinking for me. Since studying at Victoria, I now realise it's not scary when there are no answers. I've applied this way of thinking to everyday life. I don't know what the future holds but I know it will be an amazing set of experiences I can't predict.

Know you’ll get ahead

Since coming to Victoria I’ve gone from being slightly worried about what I might do in the future to hardly being worried at all. I’ve discovered that I don’t need to know exactly what I want to do.

I have a passion for science communication, I want to help people understand how science works so they can make informed decisions on issues that affect us all. If we can help people to understand science in a way that makes sense and encourages them to think critically about scientific information it will positively affect the way science helps us to progress in the rapidly-changing world that we live in.