The old ways of thinking aren’t working when it comes to solving some of the biggest problems facing our oceans. I know I need to forge a new path if I want to make a difference.
I’ve always been a driven person, and studying in New Zealand has made me even more determined to achieve my goals.
I’ve found many advantages to studying in New Zealand. Here are my top six.
- I’ve discovered a practical, hands-on way to learn. The style of teaching is more hands-on, and people are very innovative. In the lab, we build lots of things ourselves. When I was analysing mercury one day and needed a piece of equipment we didn’t have, we made it ourselves rather than buying it. That do-it-yourself way of thinking has taught me a lot.
- I’m encouraged to think differently. Lecturers here encourage students to think critically and analytically. We’re also encouraged to broaden our horizons and think outside our field.
- I’ve become more globally connected. Kat is very well respected and has contacts around the world. I’m now part of a global network of marine biology experts, which gives me more outreach for my own science.
- I’m living among people who are open-minded and inclusive. New Zealanders take people’s values into account, and are really welcoming and easy-going.
- I’ve joined a national network of experts. The marine research happening in New Zealand is of a global standard, and there’s a really good network of supportive scientists. I was given the opportunity to present my research at a national marine science conference in Christchurch, and people were very friendly, helpful and receptive to my work.
- I have more opportunities to enjoy nature. New Zealand education promotes thinking about sustainability and the environment. I’ve made many friends here, and they all have a very eco-friendly approach. We spend lots of time in the outdoors, rock climbing and mountaineering. And there’s so much ocean to explore!