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Tessa Morris

New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 5)

Tessa Morris has made great strides since enrolling in the New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 5) at Otago Polytechnic.

“I definitely was not a sporty kid. I always felt uncoordinated and out of place in sports, so it wasn’t until I starting exploring different types of exercise in my final year of high school that I really started to take part,” Tessa reflects.

After trying a range of gyms, classes and approaches to exercise, she slowly grew more comfortable. Now, she has reached a point where she’s excited and inquisitive and keen to educate others on the many benefits of exercise – feelings she says shares with many of her classmates.

“It’s a very encouraging and happy place to be. The type of learning that happens at Otago Polytechnic is personal, interactive and hands-on. I personally learn better that way.”

Tessa is enrolled in the six-month full-time option (would-be learners can also study the same programme part-time over a year).

“I’ve loved meeting everyone involved in the course, instructors included. Everyone has been supportive and encouraging. Everyone is happy to chat, help, and listen – and that can be a lifesaver some days.”

Tessa’s long-term goal is to become a secondary school teacher, and she would love to combine her enthusiasm for exercise into her teaching ambitions.

But she’s keeping her options open, too:

“For me, if the right opportunity in the fitness industry comes along, I would love to take it.

I would be interested in taking a role in group fitness, such as classes or a boot camp.

“There is so much to learn in and around the exercise industry. Hopefully, I can spread the skills and knowledge I gain to others and help them achieve their goals.”

Read more about our Sport, Exercise and Health programmes