My name is Aaron Hewson. I am in my third year at the University of Otago, studying a BAppSc double majoring in Agricultural Innovation & Plant Biotechnology, and a BA majoring in Asian Studies with a minor in Religious Studies.
Born and bred in Dunedin, I have grown up with a love for both humans and the world we live in. I am passionate about conservation and agriculture, particularly how we can combine them to help solve the problems our ecosystems are facing. This means using future-focused approaches like genetic technologies as well as traditional sustainable practices to design solutions for harmonious co-existence of humans and nature. Whatever career I end up in, I want to make the most of my broad skill set to be a leader and improve this planet for humans and nature alike.
I've also found a passion for volunteering, returning a few times after my Trainee voyage to be a Leading Hand on the Spirit of Adventure and hoping to return as my university schedule allows in a Watch Assistant position! To further this, I'm undertaking the University of Otago Student Leadership Award, helping me better understand how to contribute meaningfully to the world around me.
Pinnacle has been amazing in giving me the skills and experience to push myself, to be both a better scientist and a better leader. I am very grateful for all that I have gained through the Pinnacle Programme and look forwards to more in the Stages ahead!
‘Whaowhia te kete mātauranga’ - Fill the basket of knowledge.