2 May 2019

Dreams and goals for the future

Baiyok Arunya
Secondary school student from Thailand
Liz Stein
US Study Abroad student
Taylor Weckstein
US Study Abroad student

What is your future dream? Students share how studying in New Zealand has helped to shape their future success.

Study anywhere in the world

My English is much improved after studying in New Zealand and I will achieve “university entrance” which means I can now choose to study anywhere in the world.

Bai Yok is a Thai student at high school in Dunedin

Opportunity to work abroad

Studying in New Zealand really helped shape both my personal and professional goals. Before coming to New Zealand, I never thought about working abroad as a speech therapist. However, after my experience here, I definitely have thought about it.

Studying in New Zealand also helped me discover my passion for traveling and I have now made it a goal of mine to incorporate more travel into my life.

Liz Stein is a US study abroad student studying speech therapy at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch

New insights and alternative perspectives

In New Zealand, I was fortunate enough to find role models and mentors practicing in some of fields that I am interested in pursuing. Specifically, I was involved in an organisation that provides mental health services to underserved youth as a means to increase school retention, reduce recidivism, and promote social mobility.

Some patterns of social inequity, I learned, are universal. Living in New Zealand provided me with newfound insight and an alternative perspective to many of the familiar problems I’ve worked to tackle in the US.

Whatever your personal dreams and goals may be, studying abroad in New Zealand provides the opportunity to pursue them through a new avenue.

Taylor Weckstein is a US study abroad student studying psychology and neuroscience at the University of Otago in Dunedin

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About the contributors
Baiyok Arunya
Secondary school student from Thailand

Bai Yok is a student from Thailand who is currently studying at Kavanagh College in Dunedin.

Liz Stein
US Study Abroad student

Liz is from Michigan, USA and is studying speech therapy at the University of Canterbury, in Christchurch New Zealand.

Taylor Weckstein
US Study Abroad student