First Impressions (..from July 2015)

So I may have forgotten to upload this blog after I wrote it in the midst of all the excitement, but better late than never!

I arrived in Auckland at quarter past 5 in the morning after a 26 hour flight, feeling abnormally bright for such an unsociable hour. My first solo long haul flight hadn’t been that bad- I watched five films, read a book my auntie got me for a my birthday called ‘Xenophobe’s Guide to the Kiwis’ (very informative) and memorised the lyrics to some Kendrick Lamar raps so it was quite productive I think. 

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Academic Life at the University of Auckland

By Megan Turner, Geography, University of Auckland, New Zealand

UoA study abroad

As an international student, the University of Auckland were very happy for me to take a range of courses from different subjects and faculties without any hassle. As well as geography courses, I was able to study In terms of course structure and assessment, Auckland is quite similar to Manchester, however there are some differences to look out for.

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Travelling around the South Island: New Zealand

Studying in New Zealand means that I’m in the opposite hemisphere, which means that seasons, and subsequently terms, are flipped. Therefore, doing a year abroad at Auckland has meant that I arrived in July to start the second semester of one year, stayed here over their four month summer holiday, and am getting ready to start the first semester of their new year at the end of February. I took the opportunity to travel during the summer holidays, first for three weeks around New Zealand’s South Island, followed by 5 weeks around Bali and Australia over Christmas and New Year.

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The Wanaka Tree on Lake Wanaka, the most photographed tree in the ENTIRE WORLD – v snazzy

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First Impressions (July)

I arrived in Auckland at quarter past 5 in the morning after a 26 hour flight, feeling abnormally bright for such an unsociable hour. My first solo long haul flight hadn’t been that bad- I watched five films, read a book my auntie got me for a my birthday called ‘Xenophobe’s Guide to the Kiwis’ (very informative) and memorised the lyrics to some Kendrick Lamar raps so it was quite productive I think.

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Auckland pre-departure

By Megan Turner (The University of Auckland, New Zealand)

I have one day to go before I fly to New Zealand, a journey that will take twenty-six hours and include two planes, one layover and no comfortable sleeping positions. My suitcase is almost full, but I have only packed half of my things and it still feels like there are a million things left for me to sort out. It’s tricky to condense a year’s worth of stuff into 30kg of hold luggage, especially when I have to cover all seasons and I’m trying to think of everything that I could possibly need in a country that I have never been to before which really bombards you with shipping costs because it’s so far from everywhere else.

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