Theo Zbijowski is in his third year of study for his Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in accounting and finance. Here’s a glimpse inside his world.

After studying economics, accounting and mathematics at Burnside High School in Christchurch I decided to study commerce at the University of Canterbury.

I have always wanted to understand how businesses work and what really makes them tick. I also chose accounting and finance because of the vast range of career opportunities there are.

Being awarded the School of Business and Economics Scholarship in my first year at UC meant a lot; I was over the moon to get this scholarship. This allowed me to pay for my first year at UC which was a huge help.

Over the last few years I have also received three CAANZ Prizes in Accountancy. These prizes are given to students who are at the top of their course during that semester. I have been very fortunate to receive these prizes as there are so many incredibly hard-working and talented people at UC.

While I’ve been here I’ve learnt to work in a team, manage my time and how to apply both accounting and finance to different business scenarios.

At the start of this year I completed an accounting internship with Deloitte, which was a great experience. I had a lot of fun and gained some really useful skills. Now back at UC, I am getting back into my study as well as doing a finance internship with WISEplanning, in relation to investments.

I like studying at Canterbury because of the opportunities here. There is literally something for everyone. There are a ridiculous number of clubs which all run amazing events throughout the year to meet new people and have a great time. Apart from the awesome social events, there is also a lot of academic help and career opportunities available to students.

The best thing about my course is that the lecturers and students are friendly. Everyone is keen to learn but also really keen to make the most of their time at uni. I have made a lot of great friends here.

I find the hardest part of studying is trying to manage and organise my time in and outside of uni. There are so many things always happening, so you really have to stay on top of things to avoid falling behind.

Belonging to the University of Canterbury Accounting Society has been a great experience and has allowed me to meet a lot of new people. Being part of the group has exposed me to a lot of new situations and I have learnt many new skills over the last year. It has been difficult trying to juggle all my commitments alongside my personal life, but it has been really rewarding. We have a great group of people in the group so it makes it a lot of fun organising events.

Studying at a university brings with it some memorable experiences. The craziest thing that’s happened to me so far studying was when I was taking a mathematics exam and a primary school kid was sitting the test with us all. I was really impressed – that kid must be crazy smart!

A typical day in my diary is going to lectures and tutorials, with some study and catch-up with friends mixed in between classes. The day is usually pretty flexible, so I like to chuck in a bit of exercise, like squash, some meditation and maybe a good concert or fun event when they come up.

I’m a big fan of early morning studying but typically just work study around different commitments during the day and night. I make sure I study a lot to stay on top of my courses.

In the near future I hope to be working in the Deloitte Audit team, having just completed my Chartered Accountant qualifications, and having a great time travelling the world whenever I can.

If you’d like to study in this field, my advice is to work hard but have fun and make the most of the opportunities here at UC. You’ll gain a better understanding of how a business operates and the function of money within a company. Being a big fan of numbers is definitely a plus as well.The more things you’re doing, the better. Stay on top of your study and make sure to go to as many social events as you can.

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