My Melbourne with Kirsten Hoak

February 13 / 103

Kirsten Hoak, Academic Support Officer, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Kirsten Hoak, Academic Support Officer, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

What is your unit?
Department of Mathematics and Statistics

What is your job title?

Academic Support Officer

How long have you been with the University of Melbourne?
Almost four years

How did you come to work at the University?

I returned after living for 12 hot years in Tucson, Arizona.

Describe your typical day.
From the general office in the Richard Berry Building, I support students, primarily postgraduates, with progress through their degree. My role is also to help academic staff with departmental administration and to liaise with the student centres and the graduate school.

What is it about your job that holds your interest or is particularly satisfying?
I enjoy helping people and resolving problems.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?
One piece of advice that I live by is: “the best things in life are free”.

What is something about yourself that most of your colleagues wouldn't know?
I have helped build from scratch several houses and barns in a range of materials; mud brick, pisé, recycled wood, frame and stucco…

Where do you buy your coffee on campus?

I don’t, generally, buy my coffee here. I mostly drink tea during the day.
 
What do you like most about the University?
I like the variety of opportunities, new spaces and gardens I am constantly discovering.

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