Friday, October 19, 2018

Emma Patten - Exchange Experience

Emma Patten
"Going on exchange has impacted my life because I can say I am the first person in my family to study in a different county."



When I was considering postsecondary institutions, I was looking for one that could potentially allow me to study abroad. Once the opportunity to go abroad came up, my friends and family encouraged me to take the big step and go for it! 



I went on exchange to New Zealand for bio culturalism and sustainability in nature. It was different experiencing the Southern hemisphere by having winter when it was summer back home. What interested me the most about going there was to learn about the aboriginal people. Being native myself it made me more interested to learn about the Maori people and compare their history and story to ours. We took trips to visit Maori families and it was great being able to learn about their culture with them over dinnerGoing on this trip was out of my comfort zone. 


I gained a good connection with my professors and peers. Having the same professors every day for 4 weeks, you get to see the real person. The professors I had, helped me change for the better. In class it was about being open and being comfortable enough to be able to ask more questions without any judgement. With my peers I was able to gain a strong bond with them by having the time to not only study together but be able to get to know each other in a short period of time.  
Going on exchange has impacted my life because I can say I am the first person in my family to study in a different county. I am grateful for the connections I made and friendships from all over the world. 

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