I warmly welcome you to Creston College! Your years at university are a privileged time of learning. It is also a unique and exciting time to form friendships and acquaintances that, in most cases, will endure for life!
While specialised education will primarily prepare you for your future careers, university life ought to also equip you with key personal skills to face what the world has to offer now and in the years ahead. Being the smallest college on campus, Creston has the advantage of creating a family environment conducive to forging robust personal and leadership qualities. At Creston, each resident is encouraged to achieve their best in multiple facets of university life: academic, cultural, community service, sporting and spiritual. As an alumni of Creston myself, and later on as a part-time staff member, living in the College was vital in shaping my career in academia and my commitment towards the integral formation of young women.
If Creston College has what you are after to accompany you through your university education, I encourage you to apply for residency or join the extra-curricular activities we offer. I look forward to meeting you in the near future.
Dr. Maria Vega Flores holds a Doctorate in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics from UNSW, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Biochemistry, before moving to The University of Auckland in New Zealand. As a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Molecular Medicine & Pathology, Maria established her biomedical research portfolio in Developmental Genetics. She also lectured undergraduate courses and supervised research students at Honours, Masters and Doctorate levels. She has been an active advocate for women taking on careers in the biomedical sciences.
Maria was a resident of Creston in the early ‘90s, and later worked part-time as staff member. She came back to take on the role as Principal of Creston College in 2011.