November 22nd, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by
Well folks, I have made it safely back to the states. My journey was long and it perhaps not not completely ended. I had the time of my life learning, exploring and enjoying the kiwi way of life. My home is no doubt with my family however a part of me is still in New Zealand. This place has been incredible to me. The country and it’s people opened their arms for me. I did not just get a formal education at Massey but I also learned much about myself.
I can not wait to return and encourage any one that can to travel to this amazing picture-like place.
November 5th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by
Well folks, I am starting to wake up from my dream. I have two more exams to finish before I depart and head back to the states. It has been an amazing few months that I would not trade for anything. Not only have I learned so much about myself but I have made so many, hopefully, life long friends. It has an adventure of the best kind.
Last night I joined many of the kiwis in watching fireworks at the beach. It was one of the best memories I have made while being here. We all laughed, swam in the dark ocean waters and I realised just at home I felt with these people. I knew that I would love New Zealand but the fact that it has showed me love in return is amazing. This place welcomes you with open arms and a warm meal. I have loved every second of my time here and simply can not wait for the day that I can return…permanently.
With this said, I am very much looking forward to seeing my parents and pets when I return to the states. I have missed them very much and know that many hugs and kisses are in order when I arrive at the airport. My friend Maddie is on the same flight back and being my best friend for this entire trip, my mom is taking us to In-and-Out upon our return! Maddie and I are very excited to say the least This will also serve as a gift exchange between my mom and I for belated birthdays and such.
It’s been Sweet As, New Zealand. Save me a spot until I can come back.
October 14th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by
Well. The play is over, there are no more IFSA trips and we are on the last week of lectures. I can’t believe how fast it went and how much I have changed. I celebrated my 20th birthday last weekend and had a fantastic time with all of my new found friends. I still am going to go out to lunch with my friend Maddie too so I am sort of still celebrating! Now it is time for me to buckle down and get ready for final exams. I am working on some last minute assignments at the moment so I should probably get back to those.
I have already started to organise things in order to pack them and have a huge pile of stuff to give away to the girls I have become friends with.
The rafting trip was amazing and I wish I could have taken pictures! Unfortunately it was a bit too wet for me to take my iphone out on the water. :/
I have discovered that Maddie (Whose birthday is in 2 days YAY!) and I are on the same flight, woohoo!! 😀
Well I better get some more of my assignments done!
September 30th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by
This trip has helped me learn so much about myself! We have finished the first set of MUDS performances and I absolutely love it! I wasn’t nervous and I had forgotten just how much I adore backstage life. I have made so many friends here and can’t believe I only have a month and a half left with them. Let us think about happier things! October starts tomorrow, or soon for those in a different time zone, and it is going to be jam packed with fun: Birthdays, NZ Experience Weekend, Rafting trips, Surfing trips and so much more! I always tried to tell people that October was the best month!
September 23rd, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by
Sorry that I haven’t written a post in a while! It has been a pretty laid back time here in the 90’s throwback that is NZ. My little country town of Palmy is pretty much paradise on Earth. I have had the chance to leisure read and just finished my 6th book I love reading.
A couple weekends ago I joined some people from the surf club for a beach day. Four people with a beach all to themselves. It was wonderful. We went to Himatangi Beach and it was amazing. The surf was great and the beach was empty. The sun being out just made it that much better! I can’t wait to do our over night trip to the east coast beaches.
My friend and I have been going to rehearsal for the MUDS play we are in. It is very time consuming but fun work. We have made lots of friends that I will be very sad to leave. At least there is Facebook! Last night we had a bit of a cast party; board games, a few drinks, and general socialization. It has been a very good experience so far.
I hope everyone is enjoying their time abroad, starting school, or whatever else you may be up to! Stay tuned for upcoming birthday stories!
September 3rd, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by
It is now September!! Next month is my birthday..that is just crazy to me!
Well for my first week of break I went up to Auckland to visit the other Butler kids. It was really good to see them all again and I had a fantastic time. I will admit though that I got a bit home sick for little Palmy. Now I am back in my little country town and very content. When I was in Auckland I got to visit Devonport which was very cool! It is a little beachy town..island..right off of Auckland coast. A few friends and I took the ferry on a sunny day and had a wonderful time. (Might keep Devonport in mind when I move back.) I got to see the Auckland night life a bit too. Some very classy places! It was fun to get all dressed up. Met new people and had a great time.
Some of them are going to visit me for my birthday weekend!
To everyone who is traveling, be safe! Make sure you have back up plans and are aware of what is happening around you! Be safe, wherever you are going!
Until next time!
August 26th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by
It has been a while and I apologize! My last week has been pretty busy with school, volunteering and friends. I made it out alive though! Volunteering was so fun! We took a ferry to Matiu/Somes Island and did a bit of work before walking around the island and feeding the new lambs that were born! They were so adorable! on the island we saw a Little Blue Penguin! It was a bit grumpy since we were being nosey but it was worth the glares it gave us. ;p After volunteering we went to this amazing pizza place called One Red Dog. It was an amazing place! I recommend it to anyone who is in Wellington. I got ahead of myself; the first day of my trip to Wellington was filled with meeting new kiwis and spending time with my host Colleen! She was so sweet to host me for the weekend. We got to experience a few rather strong earthquakes while I was there too! Very exciting! On the second day we got to cook at the Asiana Cooking School and go to the Weta Cave! Which was an awesome little museum of the movies they have done the props and graphics for.
|Colleen and I with Smeagol!
Yesterday was the last day of classes!! I only had one test and I hope it went well, I will find out Monday. I head to Auckland for a week, this Tuesday and can’t wait to see those friends that I left at the beginning of my trip! For those who are on break, Hope you have lots of adventures! For those closing in on starting classes…HAHA!! Have fun and good luck! :p
August 14th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by
Monday was the conclusion of birthday celebration for my friend Hannah. We went out the weekend before and concluded the festivities with cake, ice cream and a huge group of friends. It was a good night and I hope you had a great birthday girl!
I did not attend the halls’ ball but I enjoyed watching the first year kiwis get all dressed up. Maddy and I stayed up until they all got home and it was a very entertaining time. It seemed like everyone had a fantastic time, this was only enforced by the numerous pictures of glorious dresses and wide smiles. Even though it ended at midnight, many kiwis were determined to go to town. I even got asked to be a sober driver, which I did not do seeing as I am used to driving on the opposite side of the road.
MUDS held a barbecue the other day but I was sadly too busy with school work to attend :/ However I did get to attend my catch up lunch on Monday. It was nice, relaxed and I had a good feed. On Tuesday Maddy and I went to the movies and saw Now You See Me. We about died of excitement over the film and our minds are still blown by it! I highly recommend it!
August 9th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by
The longer I stay here the more certain I am that I belong here and no where else. New Zealand is so much of a home to me. I feel so extremely comfortable with every aspect, it is so laid back. I have international friends that have told me that being here has made them appreciate the states more. For me, New Zealand has proved to be everything I thought it would be and more. If anything it has made me see just how unorganised and unpleasant the states are. Not that I am trying to dis the states or anything! No, that’s not it at all. All I’m saying is, this is where I belong. I haven’t even left and I already can’t wait to come back.
August 8th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by
This weekend is one of my friend’s birthday celebration so it should be a great weekend! I am looking forward to wearing the cute new clothes I bought yesterday! I got a dress for $4.99 and a cute pencil skirt for $7.50. The dress is simple but that allows more room for accessorizing! I may just have to go back into The Square Plaza and look for some jewelry. ;D
In other news; I auditioned for a MUDS play and got cast as the part I wanted
! However I am busy on the very last show that we have and may not be able to do the show at all. Very disappointing but I have wanted to swim with dolphins much longer than be in this play. I will be sad but will be positive I also joined the surf club! I am so very excited about over coming my fear and getting to surf the NZ coast!
As for academics, I have finished my first large assignment with a week left! I am having my friend Maddy revise it and will turn it in soon. Fingers crossed! Along with that I am currently working on the first portion of my IBP for International Business. We will see how it turns out!
August 5th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by
Today has been a pretty chilly day with on and off sprinkles (not much different than winter in Oregon). Aside from my AIESEC induction, I have had a very relaxed day.
I have finished three books within a week and decided to search the library for my next book. In town the coolest thing happened! As I was walking to the MST bus stop a lady stopped and asked me for directions, the coolest part; I actually gave her accurate directions! It was a very cool feeling.
A few nights ago some of my friends and I went to the opening of a place called Victory. It was a good night with friends, music and laughter. Tonight I may be having a very relaxed time at the bars in town which should be very nice.
This weekend has been very long and I am extremely thankful for that!
August 5th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by
Last weekend I went to my first Irish Pub! It was very exciting. My friends and I watched the Chiefs vs. Crusaders rugby game and had some drinks. We were joined at the table with a birthday boy and his friends/family. The evening proved very interesting. After the game a group of us went to a bar called Shooters. We sat and talked then danced and laughed, a successful night if you ask me.
Monday was a very relaxed day. I watched some TV and finished a book I got at the public library a few days ago. I just finished my only class for the day and will be heading into town with some friends for a library visit and Despicable Me 2! Like always, it is a pretty relaxing day.
My visit to Wellington and Auckland are getting closer and closer and I can not wait to see all my friends that I had to leave so abruptly. I miss you guys!
July 26th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by
Today I get to take my friend Maddy to go get her nose pierced! I think I may be more excited than she is, is that weird? Anyways, I am done with classes for the day and have some nice relaxing in town plans for the rest of it. Later this evening many people from the halls are going ice skating! I haven’t been ice skating in forever and I am very excited to go.
I was accepted into AIESEC and can not wait to start getting really involved. First I have an induction ceremony and some training but after that I am a true member! YAY!
As for traveling I have booked my ticket to Auckland for a few days during my mid semester break. I am sad that my friendships got split up so quickly and I am looking forward to seeing everyone again. For the second half of my break, a friend and I are going to be taking a scenic train ride. We are not sure yet where we will be heading but that is half the fun.
July 24th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by
I kept seeing people out and about that I thought I knew, from the states. It would take a bit for reality to smack me and I would realize that wasn’t possible! I think it’s because I feel so at home here that I don’t realize that it isn’t Oregon.
Last night a few of us went to this little place called Cafe Cuba. It is known for their AMAZING desserts, it definitely held its reputation! Our group had a great time just chatting since it had been a while since we had all hung out together.
Today I have an interview with a program called AIESEC. I am very excited about this opportunity and hope to become more deeply involved! It is a student run organisation that provides internship, international and all around learning experiences. I’m hoping this will open many doors to me and help me with my future decisions. Along with AIESEC, I have set up an appointment with a career advisor here at Massey and hope they can help me discover even more opportunities here.
My illness is in its last days and I can not wait to get back to normal life again!
p.s. Sadly the RENT show was cancelled
July 22nd, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by
So, I am coming down with a bit of a cold which is a bummer but it is different than a cold from the states, if that’s possible. It is a much more mellow and discrete cold, which is nice. However I had just decided to audition for the Massey Uni performance of RENT and have to sing as part of my audition. D: uh-oh. I am trying to stay as relaxed as possible to help me get healthier faster! Fingers crossed.
Today I only had one class and it seems to be a very exciting class. Its title is Endangered Cultures and although it is a three hours class every friday, only one of those hours is lecture. The rest is filled by a variety of documentaries; I’d call that a win! I am going to head into town soon with some friends and just do some wondering and run some errands. Later tonight there is a pool party, free of charge and free food, for the accommodation residence. Sweet As! My night will be full of socialising as I will also be attending the first MUDS (Massey Uni. Drama Society) meeting to see what other performances I may be able to do while I’m here.
I have also been approved to help volunteer with the local Rugby team, the Manawatu Turbos. I am so excited!
Should be a good weekend to finish off my great first week.
July 17th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by
Last night two of my American friends and I went to see Monster’s University, so cute!! When we got home we watched the end of The Grudge (it was on and we couldn’t find the remote), and then Silence of the Lambs came on. very weird movie but some of us had never seen it before. Then some of the Kiwis from my hall took me out to a paint part at a local bar. It was so fun!! We stayed out pretty late but it was worth it. Some of us got more paint than others but it was still a crazy-fun experience.
Today is Clubs day so I get to discover what clubs MU has to offer. I am hoping to get involved in one or two clubs depending on the time requirements. I’ll let you know!
July 16th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by
I had my first class today! It was Business Finance. The professor seems to be very good and it is my only class for the day so it shouldn’t be too bad. After my class I met one of my program advisors for a catch-up lunch and then caught a movie with some friends.
Overall I feel very comfortable here. I find it extremely easy to just fall into place in town and get a routine going. My friends and I take the bus for free into town and then come back to Totara (my accommodation) and watch movies in the common room with some of our new Kiwi friends. Yesterday, since I had no class, my friend and I went to the public library. It was such a cute and cozy place but huge at the same time. Today I got the opportunity to check out some books and can’t wait to begin the search for a book to do my review on for my Endangered Cultures class.
A few nights ago I got to experience a bar atmosphere for the first time. It was a very successful visit. I went with a large group of friends; we danced, played pool and spent the whole night smiling. I can’t wait to go out with them all again.
So far, it’s been a VERY successful trip.
July 16th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by
It has been a very long trip but I am finally here! There has been excitement, stress, and exhaustion. All of this was worth it. I have made so many friends and can not wait to make many more.
The first day in New Zealand was spent at the YMCA Shakespear Lodge. The IFSA-Butler group drove through Auckland and arrived at the lodge in time for morning tea. After settling in a bit, many of us went for a wander to explore the beautiful acreage that was around us. It was absolutely breathe taking; the first lambs of the season, endless hills, and furry piggies.
The next few days were filled with activities like mountain biking, mtn. boarding, kayaking, etc. There was just so much to do that some of us decided to just sit back and watch all the excitement happen. Only a few days here and I already didn’t want to leave.
By far my favorite thing was visiting the Marae. It was perhaps the most fascinating cultural event. It was filled with information and excitement.
Now I am on campus and waiting to start some sort of routine. I apologize for the broadness but I am still a bit jet lagged! I will be much more excitable once I start a routine! (Keep an eye out for pictures)