Anton grew up in Kaikoura, boarded at Otago Boys’ High School, and is now studying for the Bachelor of Applied Science at Otago Polytechnic. He prefers the Otago Polytechnic Student Village over flatting or a studio room in town due to the social opportunities if offers.
“I came into the Village only knowing two boys from my school. Living here has enabled me to meet so many new people from different parts of the country and make so many new friends,” says Anton.
The Village also fits in really well with his studies and interests which include professional javelin throwing. “Staying at the Village was a no brainer for me,” he says. I can almost fall out of bed and be in class. I also do a lot of athletics training and the Village is only a 2 minute walk from the track, and, when the Highlanders are playing, the stadium is just down the road.”
The biggest highlights for Anton have been the sports and various events organised by the Village “The social netball and basketball are great – I’m trash at both, but it’s so much fun playing and having a laugh. They also run games, ranging from painting to making things – and the Red Frogs pancakes on Thursday nights always goes down well,” he says.
Anton advises others considering staying at the Village to get involved early in all the events as they’re a great way to meet new people. “If you don’t know anyone, get involved and use all the resources the Village has to offer, and you’ll make friends in no time.”