I wanted to go far away as I had the opportunity to go abroad for 3 months. I also wanted to be in an English speaking country so I could improve my English. NZ is known for its beautiful landscape and I had lots of friends recommend NZ as a destination. I looked at the map and thought Nelson was in a great place as it was central, close to the sea and surrounded by 3 National Parks and it’s the sunniest region in the country. During my time here I got to travel around the entire South Island and some of the North Island. My favourite part was definitely Abel Tasman National Park for its golden beaches, crystal clear blue water and all the activities to do. If you like the outdoors and adventures I would recommend coming to Nelson as there is something new to see around every corner. Kiwis are very open minded and friendly people, it is very easy to feel welcome and at home.
I was considering between studying in Auckland and in Nelson. Then, I chose NMIT because I thought there would be fewer Vietnamese students there compared with Auckland. Thus, I could deeply immerse into the English speaking environment to improve my English language skills. Secondly, I was looking for a real educational institute rather than just a place to gain a qualification or to get an opportunity to stay in New Zealand. I found that NMIT is an iconic educational institute in the Nelson region, so I trusted in NMIT’s quality in teaching. Many things make me like NMIT. Firstly, the applied programs allow me to get practical knowledge about the skills required in my future career. Honestly, I do enjoy doing case studies during my study time. Secondly, I really like my tutors and local friends in Nelson. They are so lovely and nice. They are all willing to help me when I am stuck with my study. Finally, I love Nelson’s weather and nature.
Through my job in Sri Lanka I realized that future farming would be focused mainly in aquatic media rather than on land so, I thought I should pursue my postgraduate studies in sustainable aquaculture.
I then found NMIT, which is in the heart of the aquaculture industry situated in the Nelson-Marlborough sounds in New Zealand. The Nelson area produces more than 60% of New Zealand’s aquaculture production.
On my arrival at NMIT, I realised that I had made the right decision not only for the quality of the education, but also for its reputation. My lecturers at NMIT are friendly, supportive and approachable at any time of the day. With its advanced laboratories and facilities NMIT is considered as the most reputed aquaculture training institute in New Zealand. It is a practical course and most of the industry giants and their hatcheries, farming lands and export processing factories are near NMIT.
I like NMIT because of its brilliant infrastructure and incredible hospitability, as well as the surrounding environment. Nelson is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in New Zealand and is considered the sunniest region in New Zealand of which I have experienced sufficiently. While one side of NMIT is covered by green mountains, the other side faces the dark blue, Pacific Ocean. I constantly forget that I am living in foreign country even though its miles away from my home in Sri Lanka due to the beauty of the environment and friendliness of the people at NMIT.
I wanted to study in a smaller city and live with locals to get to know the New Zealand culture and to improve my English. The staff at NMIT were really friendly and helpful and guided me through my studies.
The course itself is straightforward and the class sizes are small so I got to know the classmates and tutors really well which is nice. Furthermore, the quality of the education is very good and I feel ready to graduate and work.
Awalnya saya memilih kota kecil agar lebih mudah belajar hidup mengenal budaya setempat dan hidup seperti masyarakat di sana. Selain itu tentu saja saya ingin melatih kemampuan Bahasa Inggris. Orang-orang di NMIT sangat ramah, sangat membantu dan membimbing dalam perkuliahan saya. Materi kuliah yang diberikan cukup jelas. Karena kelas tidak terlalu besar, saya dapat mengenal teman sekelas juga dosen-dosen saya dengan baik.
Tentu saja factor lain yang tidak kalah penting mengapa saya memilih NMIT karena kualitas pendidikannya yang baik sehingga ketika lulus, saya siap bekerja dengan ilmu yang sudah saya dapat di NMIT.
I saw that Nelson was not only one of the biggest wine producers in New Zealand, but also the sunniest region of the whole country and that really attracted me.
People in New Zealand are really friendly and open-minded. Travelling around the beautiful region is very easy as there is not a lot of traffic. Nelson has been a good base for me to travel around the rest of New Zealand as well as it is situated centrally and you can reach both islands easily.
Even though Nelson is smaller city than where I am from I have met people from all around the world and made friends quickly. By meeting a lot of people from all around the world, Nelson has broadened my perspective in life.
Pertama kali saya tertarik dengan Nelson itu karena Nelson adalah salah satu produsen wine terbesar di Selandia Baru dan juga wilayah yang paling disinari matahari dibandingkan kota-kota lainnya di Selandia Baru. Itu benar-benar menarik perhatian saya waktu saya memilih untuk datang kesini.
Orang-orang di Selandia Baru juga sangat ramah dan ‘open minded’. Berkeliling di wilayah Nelson sangat mudah karena tidak ada macet. Lebih dari itu, Nelson juga kota yang letak geografisnya tepat di tengah Selandia Baru sehingga mudah sekali untuk pergi ke utara atau selatan.
Nelson memang kota yang sangat kecil dibandingkan dengan Bandung, tapi disini saya sudah bertemu dengan banyak orang yang datang dari seluruh dunia dan benar-benar telah membuka mata saya tentang hidup.