Otago Polytechnic - Building Capability and Realising Potential: Family-friendly business and tourism programmes

"I'm doing all this for the kids - to prove that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.'...
"I'm doing all this for the kids - to prove that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.'' - Renee Brown, Bachelor of Applied Management (Accounting)
Renée Brown knows a fair bit about juggling figures - be they big numbers or small boys.

Exams might be looming for the first-year Bachelor of Applied Management (Accounting) student, yet she is no stranger to challenges.

The 24-year-old mother-of-two completed a New Zealand Diploma in Business, having successfully tackled Level 3 and Level 4 Certificates in Business (Administration and Technology).

She decided to enrol in the Level 3 certificate when she found out she was pregnant with her first child.

"I was due to give birth to my son in the midyear break and I was unsure about carrying on, because my family were saying how difficult it is with a newborn,'' Renée recalls.

"But I thought I could do it, so I enrolled in the Level 4 certificate when my first child was 3 weeks old. I brought him to class until he was 6 weeks old and then put him into the day-care centre across the road (Polykids).''

Renée and her husband had another baby this year. In fact, she brought him to class when he was a week old.

I had him in his pram and would pop out of class to feed him. The other students didn't mind. In fact, they keep asking when he's coming back.

I'm doing all this for the kids - to prove that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.''

To find out more about Otago Polytechnic's family-friendly business and tourism second-semester programmes and the Fees Free Scheme, drop by their Mums and Dads Morning Tea on June 8.

For more information, visit www.op.ac.nz 

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