“For me, life in Palmerston North City is an adventure! I can learn, discover new things, meet new people and enjoy the friendly environment. I push myself every day to extend my comfort zone and to live in my own dream student life.”

Meet Nhu Quynh Dao (Christine)

Christine was part of the study transfer programme at Massey University. Before deciding to transfer to Massey and complete her study in New Zealand, Christine had spent two years studying at the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

“When I decided to study abroad, I was told that the life looked like a cycle full of study and a part-time job. I thought it would be really tough to escape from this boring cycle.

I was afraid of living in a constricted life, struggling with study while holding a part-time job,” she says.

For Christine, the most important decision was to find an ultimate study environment where she could adapt and integrate into a normal New Zealand lifestyle, and find a balance between study and pursuing her interests. She chose Massey University and the Manawatu campus.

“For me, life in Palmerston North City is an adventure! I can learn, discover new things, meet new people and enjoy the friendly environment. I push myself every day to extend my comfort zone and to live in my own dream student life.”

While studying at Massey, Christine completed a communication internship with the Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA).

“It’s a great opportunity for me to be a part of CEDA. I have learnt so many valuable things when I’ve challenged myself by doing tasks I didn’t have any relevant experience in. I am fortunate enough to work with helpful colleagues and supervisors. Actually working in a New Zealand workplace, it’s incredible how confident and energetic I’ve become,” she says.

Every weekend, Christine works as a waitress at a Japanese food store. She loves meeting people as part of her work.

“I love serving them good food and giving them my best attitude. I get to save the extra money and have fun doing it, why would I not?”

Christine also loves volunteering, which is why she has joined MUSA, the Massey University Student Association. She says she feels proactive and satisfied because doing what she loves, organising events and making new friends, all while creating meaningful experiences for her peers.

“Living with amazing Kiwi flatmates is one of my most memorable experiences. We’ve become good ‘sisters’ now; we share meals and sometimes hang out together. Their warmth helps me to integrate myself into Kiwi culture and make my life more meaningful,” she says.

She also shares her thoughts and feelings about her decision to move to Palmerston North.

“For an international student who studies on a transfer programme like me, it’s not easy to drop everything I have, from family to even available job opportunities, back home and start again somewhere else. But at this moment, I totally believe that studying in Palmerston North is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” Christine says.

“Palmy offers me a top quality education at Massey, practical experience as a communication intern at a New Zealand organisation and many other valuable experiences. This student life is all that I desire to live in. I can create my own ideal life here,” she says.

“Life is about changes. If you have the courage to challenge yourself and start a new life here, you will find yourself doing things you never imagined yourself doing,” Christine says.

Massey Student Christine

Massey Bachelor of Business Studies student – Christine 

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