Cheryl Teng

Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies

Bachelor of Arts

Key Info

  • Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts

Moving to New Zealand was a “180 flip” for Cheryl Teng, but now can’t she imagine being anywhere else. The Malaysian student graduated high school in 2016 and wanted to experience a new culture overseas. After researching universities all over the world, Cheryl enrolled in a Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies at Waikato Pathways College.

“Studying Pathways taught me all the study skills I needed to start university,” she says. “Without that foundation, I think I would have struggled with referencing, academic writing and formal language – the course was the perfect way to prepare for my degree.”

Cheryl says the small classes made the course really enjoyable, allowing her to feel comfortable straight away.

“We had a lot of international students and the teachers were always willing to help out with any questions we had. The class bonded very quickly, so I’ve have kept in touch with a group of friends from the College.”

Now in her first year of a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English and psychology, Cheryl feels at home at the University of Waikato, and has quickly adjusted to New Zealand’s unique culture.

“The highlight of my time at university has been experiencing the student culture. Back in Malaysia, some things can be quite conservative, but here you can speak your mind. It’s really nice to be able to think outside the box without that constraint.”

Cheryl has enjoyed exploring the country with her father, visiting Raglan and Taupo during her semester breaks. Quickly falling in love with country, she is already looking into permanent residency in New Zealand. Driven by her desire to help others, Cheryl would like to use her degree to become a counsellor in New Zealand schools.

“I want to come home at the end of the day knowing that I have had a positive impact on others’ lives. It may not be the biggest goal, but it’s a meaningful one, which I think is more important.”

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