“I enjoy living on Massey campus because it’s a safe and convenient place to focus on my studies. I live with several international students and it has been great for me to integrate myself with different cultures and make my student life even better”

Dabashree Roy

After completing a Master of Food Technology and spending three years working in the R&D department of a Dubai food company, Dabashree realised her goal to continue on the path of becoming a food technologist. With massive ambitions in nutrition and food science, she decided to move abroad and embark on a PhD course of study in Food Science.

Debashree had travelled to New Zealand before moving here to study. “I was impressed by the beautiful and cosy environment. Luckily, I found a research topic that I am interested in as well as the support of my well-known professor. I thought that study in New Zealand, at Massey, seemed like my destiny.”

Besides her PhD research, Dabashree also works as a part-time lab technical assistant. “I enjoy gaining more knowledge by linking my research with  related projects at Massey. That is why I enrolled as a volunteer to help in these projects,” she shared.

A busy life with an enormous amount of time spent on lab research led Dabashree to live in a Hall of Residence of Massey University.

“I enjoy living on Massey campus because it’s a safe and convenient place to focus on my studies. I live with several international students and it has been great for me to integrate myself with different cultures and make my student life even better”

Dabashree often spends time with her friends and connects with her communities. “I love going out and walking with friends in my free time. I experience the feeling of belonging when I join in with my communities, meet new friends and help each other.” She believes that Palmerston North supports cross-cultural friendships, and that is what makes it a great place to live.

She also expressed her love of living in Palmerston North.

“I love Palmy as it is a combination of everything. I have a top-quality environment to study, I can enjoy many beautiful surrounding landscapes in the Manawatu region, and I also connect with many friends. I achieve the balance of my life with study and enjoyable activities.” The simple life, friendly people that Palmerston North offers are all she looks for.

“I hardly feel power distance in Kiwi culture. Everyone is called by their first name even if they are professors. I feel people are more close together.” She shared.

“I believe Food Science is an engaging and emerging field that provides me with a really good scope to conduct my post-doctoral study at Massey.”

With many exciting experiences in the first year of her PhD programme, Dabashree is fulfilling her dreams in New Zealand and Manawatu.

PHD student Dabashree Roy

Massey PHD student Dabashree Roy 

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