Best Memory: I can’t choose one! A few of my favorites are bungee jumping, solo hiking Roy’s Peak, and watching the sun set on Lake Wakatipu with hot chocolate and my best friends.
Biggest Challenge: Learning how to travel without my parents. After our week-long orientation in Auckland, we were left to our own devices to fill the week until move-in for our new uni flats. A few friends and I spent a whole night planning a roadtrip down the North Island, discovering HostelWorld and calling car rental companies and trying to make a budget. That was the first of many frantic trip planning adventures, but no matter how stressful the logistics could get, the trips always ended up being so fun.
How You’ve Changed Since: My planning expertise sharpened like crazy throughout my semester abroad, leading to a trip around Australia and some solo trips around New Zealand. Knowing I am competent enough to travel alone is a very empowering and exciting feeling. I’ve learned how to enjoy my own company, meet and connect with people from all over the world, and fend for myself in a whole new way.
Advice To Prospective EAP Students: Check out study abroad destinations that venture from the norm. I advocate for tiny countries (go New Zealand!), and have friends that have loved studying in Thailand, South Africa, and Brazil. There are tons of really cool, different places out there!