Ambassadors for 2017, Semester 1

The University of Edinburgh – England, UK

Hi! I’m Zofia. I’ve just finished my second year at the University of Auckland, studying a conjoint Bachelor of Commerce/Science degree. In the New Year, I’m heading across the world to Edinburgh, Scotland for my semester abroad. Join me as I learn to love tartan, haggis and whisky in the depths of a Scottish winter! Everyone I’ve spoken to who has been to Edinburgh fell in love instantly, so I’m excited to experience it myself and share that with you all.



Sophia University – Japan

Hi everyone! My name is Bryar and I’m on exchange in Japan from April 2017. I’ll be living in Tokyo for a full year, studying commerce at Sophia University and staying in Soshigaya International House – a university dorm. A little bit about me; I was born and grew up in Auckland but lived in Japan for a year during high school – that year really gave me my interest in culture and love of travelling. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Spain and South Africa and hope to see many more places yet. In my spare time you’ll probably find me reading, writing, gaming or chilling out with my earphones on. I’m really looking forward to the year ahead, the people I’ll meet, the places I’ll go and the new experiences I’ll discover, and I’m especially excited to share my adventures with all of you guys!



King’s College London – England, UK

Hi! I’m Courtney and I’m a fourth year BA/BCom student majoring in Marketing, Managment and Psychology. I’ll be heading over to King’s College London in England in January 2017 for a semester! Join me on my travels through London, the UK and Europe as I share my experiences with you all!



The University of Amsterdam – The Netherlands

Hoi! I’m Freya, a fourth year Law/Arts student, majoring in History and Politics. I’m going to be heading over to University of Amsterdam to study History. Follow me as I get stuck into campus life, navigate Dutch culture and cuisine, and visit all the amazing attractions that make Amsterdam famous (that’s right, the canals and galleries)!



The University of Amsterdam – The Netherlands

Hallo! I’m Olivier and I’m about to start my sixth and final year of University. I’m a law and engineering conjoint student and I’m off to the bright lights of Amsterdam on exchange in January 2017! I will be studying International Law at the University of Amsterdam and I simply can’t wait to get started! Check in with me as I travel across Northern Europe and learn to live in one of the most liberal countries in the world!



The University of Nottingham – England, UK

Hi everyone, I’m Elizabeth! After several years in Auckland, I’m off to start my fifth year of a law/arts degree at the University of Nottingham. I’ve wanted to visit England for as long as I can remember and am beyond excited that I get to live there for six months. Nottingham is home to Robin Hood, Wayne Manor from The Dark Knight Rises, and (if the university’s Instagram account I’ve been religiously stalking is anything to go by) an absolutely stunning university campus. I’m so excited to be sharing my experience eating and laughing my way through England with you (and maybe learning something about the English legal system while I’m at it)!



Hong Kong University – China

I have Chinese parents and was born right here in Auckland, but I went back to China when I was just several months old. I grew up in China until about third grade before I moved back to New Zealand, so my mother tongue is actually Chinese and English is my second language. The main reason for moving back was my parents felt that they wanted to give me a proper childhood with the added benefit of being able to learn English in a beautiful environment. I thank my parents very much for their decision, as I cannot imagine having a better childhood than growing up in this lovely country.

My hobbies include reading, playing computer games, travelling, skiing and playing my guitar as well as badminton. Films and music are also my thing, and I’m especially into Tarantino movies and old rock music at the moment. I would say I’m a pretty quiet, somewhat shy person that likes to keep to himself, so naturally activities such as reading and writing appeals to me profoundly. I’m hoping that this exchange can challenge me to be more social and open to new and unknown things, and make plenty of new friends along the way.



Lund University – Sweden

A nineteen year old girl who has definitely caught the travel bug. Studying my conjoint Marketing and Film Production degree in Lund, Sweden. I have a passion for filmmaking and photography so tune into this blog for regular GoPro travel videos and more! Bring on Europe 2017!