I wanted to study overseas and Aotearoa New Zealand was one of the places that interested me. When I contacted NZ universities, the staff at UC were very engaging and helpful. I was also impressed with UC’s reputation and excellent international academics.
It does require a lot of time but the way the courses are set up makes it very achievable. I can do both my degrees and still have a life which is pretty cool.
Yes I’ve done a few challenges with the Centre for Entrepreneurship. I participated in 180° where I helped to come up with business solutions for local companies. Last year I did the Inclusivity Challenge, where we had to create an event that brings international and domestic students together. I did that as part of my club, the UC African Student Association, and we placed in the top three!
When I first arrived I was a bit homesick, so got the idea for an African club. I thought it would be a fun way to meet people and give African students a way to showcase our culture. People at UC people are very open-minded and accepting, so I made it a club where everyone’s welcome, African or not.
More than I expected! Because of Covid we’ve had to improvise, but overall it’s been amazing. Now when I walk around UC I run into so many people I know. UCSA was really helpful in setting it up. They provided lots of resources and made the process of starting a club as easy as possible.
"It doesn’t matter where you come from, who you are, or what you’re good at, there’s something here for you."
Absolutely. Whenever I talk to my friends back home I always say, “if you have a chance, come on over”. Naturally I was homesick when I first arrived, but everyone was so welcoming, nice, and willing to help.
The fact that it’s a place for everyone. It doesn’t matter where you come from, who you are, or what you’re good at, there’s something here for you. UC is a place where anyone and everyone can feel like they belong. It feels like home for me.