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A day in the life of Ronika Lal – Academic Support Assistant

Posted on 17/04/2018 by

[Left] Ronika with a woman in traditional Japanese dress. [Right] Ronika at the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, a famous pathway lined with thousands of orange torii gates.

Ronika is ITC’s friendly and organised Academic Support Assistant. Below she gives us an insight into her daily routine, including some tips for staying motivated and sticking to your study goals.

Describe your job

My job involves providing support to the tutorial teams. Some of my responsibilities include monitoring student attendance, inputting student results, and issuing certificates. I work at both the City and Botany campuses, with three days in the City and two days at Botany. I enjoy it as it provides variety in my week.

What’s your favourite thing about your role?

The awesome staff – I work with a great bunch of people.

How do you stay organised?

My calendar is my ultimate organisation tool. I schedule a to-do list on my calendar, and this really helps me stay on top of things, especially when working between two campuses.

How do you unwind after a busy day?

Definitely by changing into some comfy clothes and putting my feet up while watching TV, or cuddles with my cat.

Favourite time of day: The morning – because it’s the beginning of a new day and you have the opportunity to make a fresh start.

Favourite place you’ve visited in the last 12 months: Japan. I travelled there last October and it was awesome! I travelled to three cities: Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, so I definitely felt like I had an overall experience of Japan. From the hustle and bustle of Tokyo to the zen shrines and temples around every corner in Kyoto. Japan is full of culture and the people are so kind; I definitely suggest adding Japan to your bucket list.

Favourite place in NZ: Queenstown – such a beautiful place all year round. I would love to go back and visit again soon.

Favourite food: I love pizza and pies

Currently listening to: Mainstream music, nothing in particular – just anything catchy on the radio.

Currently reading: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Currently watching: My Kitchen Rules

Favourite advice to give to students: Invest in your future – the steps and actions you take today are going to affect your future. There’s a great quote by Mahatma Gandhi that sums it up brilliantly: “Your tomorrow depends entirely on what you do today.” I see so many students give up because it’s too hard, and I do understand – but by putting in the hard yards now you will reap the benefits in the years to come!

Any final words of wisdom? Always be true to yourself.

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