I love being a part of the student experience from the very beginning and through their exploration of New Zealand's culture, landscape and academic system. It's great to see our students foster independence and self-awareness as they navigate living and studying a long way from home. It astounds me just how much they pack into their semester!
Sian graduated from the University of Otago in Dunedin with an honours degree in Social Anthropology and a Master of Arts undertaking research in international education.
My interest in international education started with a 6 week summer job that turned into a 15+ year career. My job was to welcome new students to the university. I was also part of a buddy programme for new international students and one of the very first students I met from the US, I am still good friends with. Being exposed to so many people embarking on their study abroad experience, I was inspired to continue in the international education field while travelling and living in London, UK. I feel very fortunate to be in a profession I am so passionate about.
Did You Know?
1) I have a twin brother, my brother and sister are also twins. We also have an older brother. Between the 5 of us, we have 16 children so family gatherings are loud and fun! 2) I played NZ's favourite sport of rugby for 10 years. I was fortunate enough to travel around New Zealand representing my province and have played at New Zealand's largest rugby stadium which can seat 60 000 people (although only a few hundred spectators watched our game) it was a once in a lifetime experience.