Student's plan for uni studies is working

20:07, Jan 06 2014
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HARD WORKER: Music student Joel Dalloway works in the holidays to help subsidise his university costs.

Last time Timaru's Joel Dalloway spoke to the Herald he had almost competed a working gap year to raise funds for university.

He has now completed his first year at Otago University, studying music, while boarding with his uncle in Dunedin to reduce costs.

His marks have been a B average with an A for his best subject, musical theory.

Working as a freezing worker in 2012 and at the start of 2013, he saved $17,000, of which $7000 went on course fees.

"Sometimes it's hard, physical work," he said.

Working again over these holidays as a freezing worker from 5.30pm to 3.30am, five days a week, he hopes to save a further $10,000.


"But I will still have to borrow about $10,000 for [2014]," he said.

A couple of his friends are also working to get through university with minimal student loans.

Mr Dalloway anticipates he will have to borrow about $20,000 in total for his three-year degree, despite working during all the holidays. But it's still worth it.

"It's better than borrowing more," he said.

The Timaru Herald