I chose New Zealand because it’s different and unexpected. Most people go to Europe to study abroad but I wanted to branch out from the norm.
I love mysteries and New Zealand is a mystery to me. I never truly learned about it in my textbooks it was only briefly mentioned along with Australia as a country that was colonized by English settlers. I want to study abroad in New Zealand so I can learn more about the country as a whole. I want to explore what makes New Zealand so spectacular. The nation is gorgeous but I don’t only want to explore the beautiful attractions of country I want to delve into the dark history of colonial New Zealand to see if there are any correlations between colonized New Zealand and the United States.
I decided to study at the University of Auckland because I wanted to get the most out of my experience in New Zealand by going to the largest institution in the country. My hope is to be totally exposed to every single culture that New Zealand has to offer. I am strongly against oppression of any kind because I believe that no one should go to bed at night believing that they are less than someone else. I’m from a highly prejudiced area in Southeast Texas and I have had to overcome hardships because of the color my skin. Statistics show that a Maori are more likely to experience more discrimination than non-Maori. A similar situation has been occurring to African Americans and the Indigenous Americans since the colonization of the Americas. During my time at New Zealand my goal is to learn how the Maori culture has persevered despite their hardships and see how I can implement their techniques in America. Another goal I hope to accomplish during my time abroad is to know why New Zealanders are known to be some of the happiest people in the world and what makes that possible. I am a history major and New Zealand is a country that is rarely spoken about in textbooks. I want to learn the behind the scenes history lessons that you never find in books. Lastly I want to know what makes a person patriotic. America is patriotic in the sense that we think that we are superior to other nations. Is this the case for New Zealand? My goal is to learn what makes another population so patriotic and understand their love for their nation and I feel like I will be able to accomplish my mission at the University of Auckland.
During my time in New Zealand I expect to be terrified when I first get there because I will be away from what I am familiar with. I expect to be anxious because I will be worried if anyone will like me at my new school or if I will be an outcast. I also expect to have the best time of my life because I know that even though I will be scared out of my mind and anxious beyond imagination I firmly believe that a certain darkness is needed to see the stars and I will use these problems, not as inhibitors but as motivators and force myself to step outside of my comfort zone.
I can’t wait to write more about my travels! I promise to keep y’all updated!!