In 2016, the first POET Head Start Scholarships were awarded to five students from across the schools that Perry Outdoor Education (POET) works with. POET recently got in touch with those five students to see where they are now and and heard back from Courtney Creighton. Courtney was a student at Te Kauwhata College and was a leader on a number of POET camps. POET have shared Courtney’s full response on their website, but we thought we’d share some of her story here:

“Since leaving High School I have been able to explore many opportunities in academic, sporting and leadership environments at Waikato University.

I have recently completed my second year of a Bachelor of Management Studies, majoring in Accounting and Human Resource Management.

In my first year of University I was a resident in College Hall. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Hall which led me to apply to be a Residential Assistant.

My application was successful and I was a College Hall Residential Assistant for 2018, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Being part of a close knit team who I now call family. I was able to form many relationships with residents on my floor who will be life long friends. As Sports Residential Assistant for College Hall I was involved in coordinating teams in order to compete with the other halls.

I played football for Unicol Women’s A Team, where I was awarded Player of the Year after a successful season with a great team of Women.” Check out the full story here

To read more about the POET Head Start Scholarships, go here