The facilities have been fantastic – every athlete loves a good ice bath after intense workouts. After only three months I’ve started seeing huge results as an improved athlete and it has shown me that if you work hard everyday you can accomplish a lot, even in what feels like a short semester abroad. The trainers have also been flexible which has been helpful in ensuring that my studies are finished and turned in on time.
I chose New Zealand because I wanted to experience something very different. I have backpacked and travelled through most of Europe and wanted a change of scenery. The individual and specific training programs with different options that I could choose from is what really sold Massey University for me.
I enjoy doing outside activities and New Zealand offers so many to chose from. I joined the Alpine Club here on campus and it’s probably the best decision I made. I made so many friends through the club and have had the opportunity to travel all around New Zealand – it’s been amazing. I can't tell you my favourite experience in New Zealand so far because they have all been insane. Between climbing Mount Ngauruhoe, doing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, visiting Napier and Rotorua, as well as hut trips up to Mount Ruapehu, they have all been incredible fun. I also took a trip down to Queenstown, which was awesome. Milford Sound was probably the coolest place I've ever been to and it has fueled a desire to see the rest of the South Island. The South Island is where bungy jumping originated, so I took it upon myself to do it while I was there – I'm so glad I did.
New Zealand has been amazing to me, the people here have gone out of their way to make sure I feel welcome and get to see as much of the country as I can. I have one full month left and I am already feeling nostalgic about having to leave this amazing place!