I loved the nature and the environment of New Zealand. Perfectly blue skies everyday with so much green everywhere, compared to the busy and populated city life back at home, it was a total change for me.
I also loved how school encouraged students to participate in different sports and balance study with good health. We don’t see students playing sports after the age of 15 in Korea. I really loved playing soccer (I still don't call it football) and I was able to play for my school here.
But the thing I loved about it was that the students were genuine... That helped me so much to adjust to life here.
I was very fortunate to be chosen as an International leader. I worked with other students and teachers to help other international student. It was difficult at first because they were intimidated by their new environment and the language. However, I understood and could empathise with them, which helped them overcome these barriers quickly.
It feels like yesterday that I came to New Zealand and now I have graduated. Time flies. I can undoubtedly say that my high school experience has been one of the best memories of my life!