Edie Benny

Edie wanted to experience something new and was attracted by the size, multiculturalism and lifestyle of Auckland.

Key facts

Programme: Bachelor of Arts
Subjects: Chinese; Politics and International Relations

"I'm originally from Dunedin. I wanted to experience something new and was attracted by the size, multiculturalism and lifestyle of Auckland. I still love it as much as I thought I would and it felt like home after just a couple of months.

"I really like Arts because there are so many courses you can choose from so you can expand your knowledge well beyond your majors. I've taken courses in Politics, Linguistics, Chinese and History and there are always bits and pieces from one course that are relevant in another. It feels like a really well rounded learning experience.

"I've travelled in China a lot and learnt Chinese but never really had the chance to properly learn about Chinese history and politics. It's been amazing taking courses in those areas and seeing all the puzzle pieces click together.

"It's also great learning with people who have the same interests as me because we tend to have a lot in common and it makes tutorials and lectures really enjoyable for all of us."

I took a General Education course in Māori language and it has totally changed my outlook on our country and sparked a whole new interest for me.

Edie Benny

"Auckland is such an interesting and fun place with lots to do and heaps of good food. I love all the languages I hear when I'm out and about and I have a bunch of new friends from all over the world.

"I'm hoping to work somewhere in international relations. I definitely want to use lots of languages and be able to experience different cultures and meet lots of new people, and so I'm thinking I'll probably end up in an international company or NGO where I can use my knowledge and skills.

"The obvious advice is to take what you're interested in but I think it's great to take something that you don't really know anything about too because it could turn out to be amazing. I took a General Education course in Māori language and it has totally changed my outlook on our country and sparked a whole new interest for me."