New Zealand- a land of two islands and the quintessential country of sheep, cows and rugby! There is however so much more to this country other than its outstanding education system!

We spoke with Ernst & Young’s Carin Stern about the influx of bursary and scholarship queries worldwide!
 
1. Are bursaries and scholarships seen as a reward system for companies awarding them or are they a mandatory implementation?
 
Bursaries are definitely not a mandatory implementation - infact they are a way of rewarding a student for their hard work and effort as well as "securing" the talent that the student has. Bursaries are often seen as an incentive for a student to join a company and in exchange for the bursary-the student will make a commitment to the company to work there for a period of time.
 
2. What are the common misconceptions about bursaries and scholarships?
 
Some students feel entitled to a bursary because of their circumstances and academics - what they do not realise is that sometimes there may be someone who has more severe circumstances than themselves and that person may have stronger academics. There are different types of bursaries - not all bursaries cover absolutely all the expenses.

Over the years FirstStep.me has come about some harrowing stories of student life; from the exploding television,  the unauthorised pet, to the flat mate who just wouldn’t understand the concept of personal space or hygiene…life as a student can be adventurous and yet a challenging journey.
 
We put together ten rules to have when living as a student…on and off-campus (digs) that should make that journey a little bit easier!

Since the dawn of time human-beings have searched many different realms of life to finding out the secrets of life. From energy, technology, to myths and even nourishment, answers to life have been solved and expanded upon. However one such conundrum has faced many a mortal for years and still remains an unsolved mystery…how do you pay for university or tuition fees!
 
Student loans, financially sound guardians who can afford to pay your fees, scholarships and bursaries, seem to be the catch phrases of today’s young students and scholars. In fact the big one that is missing is getting a job! Yes the hard-working youth of the world today have struggled to grasp this concept. Kick-starting a student finance program by getting a job seems to be a lost skill.

Getting into university can be a heavy procedure, admission requirements can vary from tuition fees to academic results with the next step possibly being a DNA sample but fortunately that hasn’t come into play yet! So what are the options to get into university if you don’t quite make the cut:
 
1.Apply again; in some cases especially with the high first year dropout rate universities do tend to allow individuals a chance to get into an academic program the following year. It’s almost like being on top of a waiting list!
 
2.If you are financially stuck and not accepted for financial reasons, get a student loan or (shock horror) get a job!


3.If your academic requirements don’t meet the grade and the university is not letting you in, even though you are begging and pleading, doing cartwheels and magic tricks, then ask about the university’s academic bridging/foundation/pre-university program…which is actually the main topic of this article but we eventually got there!!