2018 Go Overseas New Zealand scholarship winners

See the winning entries in the 2018 Go Overseas and Education New Zealand Study Abroad scholarship. These students will be starting their Study Abroad experience in Semester One 2019.

The overall winners for the Go Overseas and Education New Zealand Study Abroad Scholarships were Hailey Suina from American Indian Arts
in the U.S. and Morgane Dauriac from Université Bordeaux-Montaigne in Europe.  Hailey's full scholarship includes US$15,000 for study in New Zealand, and Morgane's full scholarship includes €12,500 for her study. 

The University of Auckland has awarded five additional students scholarships of NZ$1,000 to study here with us in Auckland. See their entries below.

Melissa Waggener, University of Tulsa

“Despite the fact that New Zealand’s beauty and wildlife are the first things that attracted my attention, the more I researched the University of Auckland the more I realized studying there was a great fit for me. It will be stimulating to be exposed to different teaching and learning styles that may differ from any previous pedagogy I’ve experienced. Along with different teaching and learning, I will be exposed to an all new variety of students. Not only will I have the opportunity to meet and befriend local students, but studying abroad will also provide me with an opportunity to meet other pre-med and pre-health students from around the United States and the rest of the world.“

Meeting other students from New Zealand and all over the world will allow me to learn from their experiences and also start building a network for my future career in the medical field.

“Another benefit to studying abroad includes gaining a broader global knowledge. I have limited experience outside of the United States when it comes to understanding the countless other diverse global cultures. The opportunity to study in New Zealand allows me to achieve my goal of stepping out of my comfort zone to see the world with fresh eyes.“

Tyler Gerth, University of Arkansas

“In the United States, there are lots of different environments to experience, but New Zealand is on a completely different level. You can go from mountaintops and glaciers to beaches and rainforests all within a day or two, being constantly stunned by the scenery and unable to believe that it is all even real. I plan to experience this in the fullest.“

However, I don’t just want to go to New Zealand because of the landscape. The other main reason is because of the Māori culture, which is almost synonymous with New Zealand itself.

“I hope to gain a further understanding of Māori culture during my time in New Zealand, whether it be by taking classes at my university, attending Māori festivals or All Blacks rugby matches, or even just by experiencing the hospitality and goodwill of Kiwis walking down the street.“

Stefanie Abramowitz, University of Maryland

“I am essentially trailblazing for education majors at the University of Maryland. It is uncommon that education majors have the opportunity to study abroad due to year-long internships in schools junior and senior year.  In studying abroad I hope to share my experience with eager education majors so that I can demonstrate how education abroad is feasible and guide them in making difficult study abroad choices. I am fortunate to not only be a pioneer in my field, but to take full advantage of New Zealand’s top university for education.“  

The University of Auckland is 17th in the world for education, and as a future educator I would feel privileged to attend.  Specific courses offered at the university combine psychology and history with education in a novel way that I find intriguing.

"Taking education courses in the perspective of a civilization across the world would allow me to develop an enriched and well-rounded knowledge about teaching.  This will remain with me as I progress down my career path, drawing inspiration from the Māori perspective on how to be a commendable teacher and how to build a safe school community. The Western method of teaching, inspiring, and motivating students is just one approach of many, and there is never one perfect way to do anything.  I intend to incorporate as many global perspectives into my instruction as I can, which the University of Auckland will allow me to do. Acquiring perspectives in a city dedicated to cultural preservation will also allow me to prioritise students’ basic needs and be empathetic in a diverse classroom.“

Soraya Levy, University of Southern California

“By living and learning in Auckland, I aim to nurture my curiosity and develop my interests in environmentalism, supply chain management, Māori culture, and New Zealand’s diverse ecology. It is for this reason that I pursue the University of Auckland Overseas Study Programme with great excitement and anticipation.

“Similarly, I look forward to enhancing and correcting my understanding and perspective of Māori culture, which I have explored through a number of my Visual Culture minor classes and museum exhibitions throughout Los Angeles. After researching and writing about the complex relationship between Māori culture and tourism, I am grateful for the opportunity to consciously explore issues of representation and commodification while living in New Zealand. My education surrounding Māori history, culture, and language, therefore, would expand far beyond the walls of my University of Auckland courses’ classrooms; I intend to visit maraes throughout the country, including the one situated on the University of Auckland grounds, in addition to a number of art museums which feature Māori pieces, such as the Auckland Art Gallery, Artstation, and the Museum of New Zealand.

“Every New Zealand study abroad programme alumna I have contacted has emphatically spoken about the array of lasting relationships she has built with gregarious domestic and international students through clubs, classes, and weekend excursions.“ 

These experiences of personal growth by way of social, intellectual, cultural, and environmental exploration further affirm the excitement with which I pursue study in New Zealand.

Molly Fackelman, Gonzaga University

“I was raised in a single income family, with the single income being that of a high school physics teacher; unfortunately, this meant my family was never able to afford an overseas trip. Simply studying abroad is an amazing opportunity that I am so grateful I can take advantage of. I will be the first person in my family to spend more than a few days outside of the United States. Being immersed in Māori culture will undoubtedly increase my appreciation and knowledge of the world as a whole.“

Once I complete my degree in mechanical engineering, I hope to pursue a career in aerospace engineering, and eventually work for NASA in some capacity. I’ve read that the New Zealand Space Agency is quite new, and studying abroad in New Zealand could open my eyes to the possibilities of living and working outside the U.S.

“Studying abroad in New Zealand is an opportunity I never would have dreamed of, and I thank God every day for this chance to see the world. I’m going on an adventure!“