Ms Boyd attended Auckland Girls' Grammar School where she took statistics and calculus.
Madisson Boyd is in her fourth year of an engineering degree, specialising in computer systems, and "loving it".
"It really challenges me, and it's just a good community of people to be around," said the 21-year-old of her time at the University of Auckland.
It could be hard for those at school to see the wider practicality of maths, she said.
"A lot of my friends just thought maths was a quick calculation. But you don't realise that you probably need to invest the same amount of time as, say, writing an essay.
"A lot of people say, 'When are most people going to ever use Pythagoras' [theorem] ... but to understand the idea of it is more fundamental to using it."