Simon Shen


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  • Campus: NorthTec, Whangarei, Auckland.

Simon Shen

What are you studying?

Bachelor of Applied Management, majoring in Accounting.

Why did you want to become a CA Student Rep?

Being an international student, I appreciate the chance to come to New Zealand and want to make good use of every second I have. For the past one and a half years, I've dedicated myself not only into studies but also for students and local communities. As the president of NorthTec Chinese Student Association and the vice president of Northland Chinese Association, I've always been involved with people from different countries and community events. Being a CA Student Rep has opened up another way for me to be engaged with students and local communities and has also enriched my experience in New Zealand.

How would your friends, family or a colleague describe you?

My accounting tutor told me that I am a very mature, helpful and considerate person who is an A+ student and she believes I will be super successful at anything I decide to do and will make a great Chartered Accountant (CA).

What you are interested in outside of Uni and work?

After finishing my daily study and work, I would always go to the gym. Training in the gym is not all about keeping fit and looking good, but it also helps me clear my mind and keep sharp. Besides that, I also love to keep up to date with the latest technologies because I believe technology shapes the way we live, study and work and sometimes it can show us a glimpse of the future and blow our minds.

If you had any advice for your fellow students about tackling university or preparing for the 'real' world, what would it be?

There are several tips I can give to my fellow students that I think is crucial in the real world. First, get out of your comfort zone more often and you will learn much more than you can ever have before. Second, be confident and stay positive because these will make you stand out among others. The last advice I can give you is to stay humble. You may have achieved much more things than your peers but try to be humble because arrogance is what can make you fail.

What do you wish other people knew about studying business/accounting?

You might find the beginning of studying accounting is tough and you want to give up, however, once you have survived it and had a good knowledge of the basic accounting principles, everything will get easier because the rest of the accounting knowledge you will learn will just build upon the principles.