From 'hating school' to triple major at university

AIMING HIGH: Meg Bartle.
AIMING HIGH: Meg Bartle.

Meg Bartle was a year 12 student who "hated school" but is now on her way to being a university graduate.

The former New Plymouth Girls' High School student who "directly attributes" where she is today to the Young Enterprise Scheme, is in her final year at Wellington's Victoria University doing a triple major in international studies, economics and marketing.

Bartle has also just returned from a five-week study trip to Asia on the Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia.

She travelled with 24 other recipients to Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam to learn about each country's economic growth and development.

Bartle said the trip was a good experience which allowed her to see how business was carried out in Asia and her long-term goal was to break into one of the Asian economies.

"I don't know where I'd be without the scheme," she said.

The Lions Young Enterprise Scheme is aimed at encouraging and growing enterprising young New Zealanders.

Bartle decided to sign up for the programme after she saw how happy and excited her fellow schoolmates in the programme were.

"They loved it and talked about it and were so happy," she said.

"I thought there was really something to this."

Her positive experience was backed up by a survey run by YES, in October, to better quantify the impact the scheme had on the nation's budding entrepreneurs.

All of its 101 respondents said they would recommend the programme to current students while another 98 per cent said YES had played an influence on their decision to be an entrepreneur.

Twenty-two out of the 101 identified themselves as entrepreneurs and between them have started 47 companies, employing more than 1000 people.

Last year, Danielle Watt and Sarah Mount, of New Plymouth, were named Young Enterprise Company of the Year for their sun-safe products. They invented the Sun Exposure Band, a wrist band that came with a UV detector, to let wearers know when it was time to reapply sunscreen.

Taranaki Daily News