Care and Support
Yes, it can be a little difficult for us international students; especially at first when you don’t know anyone and more so if you are an introvert, but joining one or more of all the countless sports and social groups available here can be a boon. Also, the institutions here provide huge support and direction; all one has to do is ask. I have felt extremely safe and supported by Unitec and the department of sports staff. Especially when I've had looming submission deadlines, fallen really sick and had to move houses – all at the same time! My rugby ‘sisters’ and my CrossFit ‘family’ have come to the rescue to find me a place to live quickly and to help with the move. I cannot imagine getting this sort of care and support anywhere else.
With my sporting dreams being realised one season at a time, the wealth of knowledge available, the making of life-long friendships and the sense of safety as a woman (NZ is one of the safest countries in the world), I can go out on a limb to say that I feel more at home here than back in India!
For those of you who are not rugby fanatics but have a passion for sports and/or want to live an active lifestyle while studying at some of the top class institutions in the world. Take the plunge and immerse yourself in this warm and welcoming, community driven, safe environment and become a part of the New Zealand ‘whānau’. Kia Ora.