Study Abroad student: New Jersey - USA
- Chemical Reaction Engineering
- Mass Transfer Operations
- Sustainable Engineering
What made you choose Waikato?
It was one of the universities offered for exchange through my home university. I’d also met a few students from Waikato who were studying at my uni in New Jersey and they only had positive things to say.
What were your first impressions of the campus?
Well, I left snowy New Jersey and arrived to this scenic and warm campus – it felt wonderful. At the start of the semester, I’d end up walking around the campus five times before entering the lecture theatre, just to take it all in.
Did Hamilton surprise you in any way?
I was happily surprised at the diversity of the university community and Hamilton in general. I love to travel because I get to meet so many different people, so being able to do so in one location is such a bonus.
What does Hamilton and the University of Waikato offer that you would not find at home?
My home university is located between three major cities so it’s extremely urban. Waikato University and Hamilton are very scenic, and there are so many beautiful places to visit nearby.
What's been the highlight of your time here?
I was able to visit Cathedral Cove recently and I plan on visiting the South Island during my next break. I’ve also loved all the people I’ve met in New Zealand. The students in my hall are so friendly, and bonding with fellow exchange students in classes has made my time here worthwhile.
What do you think you'll miss the most?
Definitely the weather. I’ll also miss being able to truly experience another country as thoroughly as I am now. I don’t think I’ll get the chance to live overseas and experience another culture any time soon.
Do you plan on coming back?
Absolutely. Don’t tell my parents, but I actually went to a careers expo to see what type of jobs are available here. I’m now considering finding an international company that can give me that link to New Zealand.
What do you plan on doing after graduating?
I would really like to work in chemical engineering and research. My focus is to work in the environmental/sustainability sector, which I’ve learnt more about through a sustainable engineering paper here at Waikato.