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Adventures in New Zealand

From Gap Year to International Student

After completing the bachelor degree in China, I worked in the Sales and Marketing department of a five-star hotel for more than 4 years, which was a good job with good pay and career development.

I decided to leave this comfort zone where I had stayed for a pretty long time. Why not experience more and do something different while you can? I decided to do something that I may just do once in my life – a working holiday!

WORK HARD

During the 15 months of Working Holiday (including the 3 months’ extension), I worked at the pharmaceutical factory, seafood factory, kiwifruit packhouse and the FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) factory all around New Zealand.

Working as a seasonal casual worker here was very interesting because I got the chance to make friends with the Working Holiday people all around the world – South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Japan. It was a lot of fun to work with and be friends with them!

Why Study in New Zealand?

When I first decided to have Working Holiday in New Zealand, I thought that it was just a gap year for me. After that, I would have to to go back to reality.

 I wanted to love enhance my knowledge base and skill set in marketing and sales, so why not going back to study? Why not having the further education in New Zealand? What happened next? I am now an international student in New Zealand, studying a Graduate Diploma of Sales and Marketing at Ara Institute of Canterbury.

STUDY HARD

Studying in New Zealand is very different from studying in China. Tertiary students here have more time on studying by themselves and reading the recommended materials after class. In addition, group assignments, presentation, essays and reports, are the main forms of assessment. International students may need to take more time getting into study mode here and catch up with the courses at the beginning. Last but not least, learning support/student support service is very useful for international students. They provide tutorials, mentoring and study tips for students who need help. Don’t be shy to ask questions and ask for help!

To be honest, I am always thankful that I decided to have a gap year and to be an international student in New Zealand. These unforgettable memories will be always kept in my mind and will always remind me that how much I love this country!

Please enjoy the life and seize the days! And remember,

The best is yet to come!

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By Joanne LeeChinese Undergraduate Student

Updated 13 days ago

Joanne is from China. She came to New Zealand almost 2 years ago. Joanne made the big decision to come to New Zealand to experience a brand-new life and pursue further education.

*Views expressed are the blogger's own
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