Nikola Lange – Cologne, Germany
My year in Wellington, New Zealand has been the best year of my life. I experienced so much and gained lots of awesome memories. My host family and the friends I made here supported me the whole year and had the biggest influence on my experience being that awesome. I’m so grateful that my parents made it possible for me to come to WHS and encouraged me throughout the year. Also, the school (especially the international and sports office) made my stay so much easier and were always there to answer the same stupid questions over and over again.
I got involved with sports from the beginning which also had huge impact on my wellbeing and happiness. I played football in the 1st XI and went on tournament with the team for a week in September. That was one of the best things I did during the year. I played squash once a week for a couple of months as well. It was great having a chance to continue my favourite sport (football) and also try out a new sport (squash). Being involved in heaps of different co-curricular activities makes it so much easier to make friends at school.
The school-life here is very different to what I was used to back in Germany but it was awesome to try out new subjects. It was never a problem to swap around classes either. I tried out classes like Practical Woodwork, Outdoor Education and Fashion Design, Outdoor Education being my favourite. In Outdoor Education we do a lot of adventurous activities and go to the beach or to the pool once a week and do water sports. Another amazing week was our Outdoor Education camp where we went canoeing down the Whanganui River. It was tiring, but loads of fun, canoeing all day long through New Zealand’s beautiful nature.
In the holidays I did quite a bit of travelling with my host family and a travel company for international students. With my host family we went to the Nelson Lakes and for a 4-day fishing trip in the Marlborough Sounds. With the travel company, I went up North for 4 days and toured the South Island for 10 days.
All in all, it has been an amazing year and I don’t regret anything I did. I was lucky being in such an awesome host family who treated me as part of their family. I’m going to miss them and my friends here so much and hope that I’ll see them again sometime soon.
(Nikki is on the left of the picture kayaking off Worser Bay,Wellington)