One of these options is the Recreation Centre, which holds many social and physical activities. This is an essential aspect of student life for me because there I can empty my mind, have contact with other students in a non-academic environment, and leave the stressful part of being a PhD student behind. Being social is a basic need in the university life because it helps you to feel included and psychologically healthy.
Massey seemed to be an excellent institution with a wide range of opportunities within New Zealand. Utilising many campuses around the country, Massey provides students with all the support needed to develop research in the best way possible. In Psychology especially, we are offered excellent financial support to present our academic research in conferences or other academic activities, which is extremely helpful. I also found many social possibilities around the campus, something that is also quite important in the life of a student.
In addition to these initial points, by coming to Massey I have the chance to live three years of my life in one of the most beautiful countries in the world where some of the most breath-taking landscapes exist. Additionally, New Zealand is a country with great levels of social equality and security, and immigrants are treated with extreme respect. Here I feel like a part of the country; I feel respected, immersed in the amazing national culture, and almost like an “All Black”. These reasons along with the excellent experiences that I have had here so far make me certain that I am in the right institution and in the right country.
In New Zealand, and especially at Massey, I hope to achieve my goals and to have a spectacular cultural exchanging experience, which is certainly a lifetime opportunity that I am looking forward to embrace.