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Hyun Young Kim – Rachel – Seoul

My New Zealand Life

Hello, my name is Hyun Young (Rachel) Kim. I come from Seoul, which is the capital city of South Korea. I’ve been living in New Zealand for one and a half years.

The reason I chose New Zealand was because my brother had been here since 2005, and he’s done well, and also that my aunt and her family are here. My aunt and uncle take care of me and my brother instead of my parents. I also have to speak English well because I want to be an air stewardess.

In the beginning, my parents talked about me going abroad to study in New Zealand. I didn’t like that because I didn’t want to apart from friends and family, and I didn’t want to leave my country. Honestly, I wasn’t confident in English, but I wanted to speak English well so I came to New Zealand.

When I first came to New Zealand I thought it was amazing and I quite enjoyed it.
I came to Wellington, because my aunt’s family moved here. I go to Wellington High School, and I find it a very comfortable place to study. Studying at Wellington High School is better than before, and I ‘m really enjoying my school life and my Year class.

New Zealanders accept people from different countries, especially Wellington people are very accepting. I feel really good about that, and it meant I could make some best friends.

With the school I went hiking along the Tongariro Crossing, in National Park near Taupo. I was really excited, and it was more fun than I could have imagined. The tramping was difficult as we had to climb the steep volcano Mt Ngauruhoe. I didn’t think I could make it but my teacher was behind me encouraging me.

In my spare time I usually play soccer and softball. I also play sport in Physical Education (P.E) class. We don’t have P.E at High School in South Korea. At first I wasn’t sure about it, but now I realize that P.E is fun. I really enjoy it now.

New Zealand is a good place to study. New Zealand’s air is fresh, and it has a beautiful sky, and a clean, new environment. The weather is good, and it makes you feel good.

So if you want to live, study abroad or immigrate I especially recommend Wellington, New Zealand.