“Palmerston North is a student-friendly city. It is entirely different to the crowded city I was familiar with back home in Vietnam; and I enjoy living here because of the compact size and easy living lifestyle”.

Le Thai Anh Minh – Andy 

Andy was born and raised in Vietnam and is studying a Bachelor of Contemporary International Studies at IPU New Zealand, majoring in International Relations.

“Thanks to the recommendations of my high school teachers, I knew about the two-week experience programme for high school students operated by IPU New Zealand. I was excited as I had a chance to actually live in New Zealand and gain a real understanding of studying here,” Andy says.

His firsthand experiences of student life in New Zealand confirmed his study abroad decision.

“I was fortunate enough to get a scholarship from IPU New Zealand. I also found out that the major I was interested in, International Relations, is also available at IPU. And after finishing my high school education, I decided to start my new adventure in New Zealand,” Andy continues.

Andy enjoys his new life at IPU New Zealand.

“The study programme is flexible; it’s ideal for self-study because it has enough spaces for students to do extra activities besides attending lectures, and seminars,” he says. This new way of learning inspires his study by allowing him to practise self-study skills and pursue his interests at the same time.

One of the things he finds the most enjoyable is campus life.

“I have many close friends in the halls of residence. We have done a lot of activities together from traveling to organized parties. They make my life more meaningful,” Andy says.

Moving to Palmerston North City meant a big change in Andy’s life.

“Palmerston North is a student-friendly city. It is entirely different to the crowded city I was familiar with back home in Vietnam; and I enjoy living here because of the compact size and easy living lifestyle. The highlight for me is that there is less distraction so I can focus on my study while getting different experiences from my part-time job,” he says.

Studying in New Zealand helps Andy embrace awesome experiences and irreplaceable life lessons.

“It’s amazing to realise how I have changed. I didn’t like dealing with many people at first. But now I am more open-minded; I know how to socialize with others properly. My life in New Zealand is also much freer as I can drive,” Andy proudly declares.

“Living here, I learned to be more independent, even being thousands of miles away from home by knowing that nobody would help me take care of myself and solve my problems for me like my parents. Day by day, I have become a more mature, more responsible and more open-minded person. I’ve learned to overcome obstacles that I never imagined,” he continues.

Studying in New Zealand has helped Andy learn how to enjoy his life no matter what. He is grateful to experience something new each day. With his great passion for a teaching and education career path, Andy plans to continue studying in New Zealand after graduating from IPU.

Andy from IPU Palmerston North

Andy, Mt Ruapehu.

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