Student Profile

Connie Chaplin - Agriculture

Connie Chaplin - Agriculture

“This feels like real learning on the job. We’re getting work experience here on the farm as we learn new things and I love everything about it – especially that I get to have my own working dog.”

Connie didn’t grow up on a farm but was surrounded by the rural world and has always had a passion for animals, the land and outdoors. “I won top agriculture student from Vocational Primary Industries at school last year and wanted to study further. NorthTec is close to home and it feels a privilege to be on this farm and working stock. Getting my dog, Kim, was an added bonus of being here at the right time.”

“I’m amazed at how quickly I pick things up and how natural the farm feels for me. Measuring chemicals for drenching or doing the maths for dry matter testing is a stretch for me but the tutor makes it relevant and achievable. He’s really amazing, approachable and knowledgeable.”

“I now have a plan for my life, have started on it, and know what I’m doing. I want to go sheep and beef farming after the course because I love stock handling and stock raising but I’ll work on a dairy farm if I can’t find that. My dream is to own or manage a sheep and beef farm with a team of dogs.”

“If you can’t find what you want to do in life, take a step, give something a go and see what happens. Things unfold.”

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