George Gray

George values the variety of perspectives taught in Global Studies, vital for success in a globalised world.

Key facts

Village: Mulifanua, Aele Fou
Programme: Bachelor of Global Studies / Bachelor of Laws
Major: Global Politics and Human Rights

“The Bachelor of Global Studies is unique; it encourages me to view the world from the perspective of others. The ability to relate and communicate with people from different cultural, political, and economic backgrounds is crucial in today’s globalised world.

“So far, what I’ve enjoyed most about my studies is reconnecting with New Zealand. My language specialisation is Te Reo Māori, and my area study is Aotearoa New Zealand, and learning about Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Treaty of Waitangi, He Whakaputanga and New Zealand’s constitutional documents was eye-opening – the study of Te Reo Māori was crucial in my understanding of those documents. Global Studies has taught me that language is more than just a means of everyday communication. Languages hold history, experiences, and genealogies. Languages are windows into the world of others.

“I’m currently interning at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, which has allowed me to use what I’ve learnt from Global Studies and apply it in a ‘real-world’ situation. My roles focused on improving NZTE’s cultural intelligence focus, and one of the projects I worked on involved the development of content for a Te Tiriti o Waitangi learning module for NZTE staff. I’ve also had the opportunity to intern in the Māori-focused Investment team, where I learnt the importance of manaakitanga in the workplace.

Global Studies has taught me that language is more than just a means of everyday communication. Languages hold history, experiences, and genealogies. Languages are windows into the world of others.

“Once I graduate, I plan to work somewhere within the human justice and foreign affairs field. Policy, politics, and legal systems play a massive role in the development of people. I especially have a soft spot for youth development, particularly concerning marginalised and indigenous children. With the Bachelor of Global Studies and Laws conjoint, I can go into advocacy, diplomacy, NGOs, education – the opportunities are countless.

“University life may sound daunting – there will be ups and downs, but remember that people are rooting for your success! Choose a study pathway that interests you. Participate in events that intrigue you. Use all the support networks available and take time to stop, breathe and relax. This is your future to write. Take the pen and begin!”