Whatever your passions may be, join organisations, student groups, and clubs that speak to you.
Whatever your passions may be, join organisations, student groups, and clubs that speak to you. Don’t be afraid to venture outside of the student bubble and experience the full community.
For me, that meant rock climbing with the New Zealand alpine club, joining the university tramping club, signing up for a half marathon in Christchurch, practicing yoga at a studio in Dunedin’s city centre, and volunteering at meaningful non-profits.
Taylor Weckstein is a US study abroad student studying psychology and neuroscience at the University of Otago in Dunedin
Share your experiences with friends and family
To help with homesickness you can use the internet to keep in touch with friends and family in your own country.
I recommend making friends as quickly as possible so you can hang out with them and not be too lonely. If you have too much free time you will think of home more.
You can also spend time talking to and getting to know your homestay family so you feel more at home.
Plus you can join extra-curricular activities. Like me, you might like to make a YouTube video about New Zealand and share it with friends and family back home.
Bai Yok is a Thai high school student in Dunedin