29 March 2017

Studying marine science to stand out from the rest

Linley Boniface

For German Masters student Stina Kolodzey, studying in New Zealand was a way to set her apart from the rest.

For German Masters student Stina Kolodzey, studying in New Zealand was also a way to take herself out of her comfort zone and to create a CV that would set her apart from the rest.  

“I wanted to go somewhere that was completely different and completely new. It’s also good to have experience of studying overseas on your CV because employers can see you are very independent,” says Stina.

Stina enjoys the ease of living in New Zealand and its relaxed pace of life. She often takes time out to explore the nearby Otago Peninsula, which is rich in wildlife such as penguins, fur seals, sea lions, dolphins and albatross.   She is now in the second year of a Master of Science in Marine Science degree at the University of Otago in Dunedin, researching two species of fish - blue cod and sea perch - to discover how understanding the species’ individual differences help protect against overfishing.

“I feel much freer here, and more supported. I get great support from my supervisor and from the whole marine science department,” says Stina. 

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Linley Boniface

Linley Boniface is a contract writer for Education New Zealand. She is based in Wellington, her favourite city in New Zealand. A former journalist, Linley spent a year in Montreal, Canada, as a secondary school student.