Twenty year old Lucia Stettner is in her second year of Otago Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. She wanted to study something practical that really made a difference in people’s lives. So far Lucia loves the programme.
“I have made really good friendships. I love the face-to-face classes and the chance I get to use all the skills that I learn about. It all just clicks.
“Placements are probably my favourite thing. I get to try different fields and disciplines of Occupational Therapy before I commit to one thing. I really enjoyed my mental health placement and I hope I get to do a paediatrics one soon.”
Finding time to devote to her studies is challenging though as Lucia also spends many hours training each week in Canoe Polo. She started playing Canoe Polo in 2009, and in 2011 played her first regionals and was selected for the Women’s Under 18 team.
Last year, Lucia competed at the Oceania Championships and her team won the gold medal. Lucia has recently been selected for the 2016 World Championships which will be held in Syracuse, Italy in August.