September 13, 2010
By Samantha Garin
In spring 2010, senior business administration major Samantha Garin had one of those life changing opportunities. Garin spent five months at New Zealand's Lincoln University to get that wordly experience.
Imagine walking through campus and seeing a massive group of student not talking on their cell phone or listening to iPods, but laughing and talking to each other. School is important and the reason everyone is there, but the environment does not feel as stressed.
This is what walking to class felt like at Lincoln University in Christchurch, New Zealand. It was unlike any “American” experience I’ve had before.
Every day was a new adventure. The school was located in a smaller township and felt like it was in the middle of a farm, but there was always something to do. Random tramping (backpacking) trips, road tips to go bungee jumping, spending the day at the beach and skiing were part of our weekend routines.
We even went "Zorbing"; which is like rolling down a hill in a giant hamster-like ball. Other times I could not believe I was actually standing on the top of a cliff overlooking the entire Canterbury plains.
Five months have never gone so quickly. I created friendships with students from all around the world. I am planning trips to visit my Norwegian roommates in Norway, another roommate from France and I still Skype with my Kiwi friends back at Lincoln. One of the highlights of studying in New Zealand is the people who were very welcoming and friendly. They are always saying things like “good on ya” or that’s “sweet as.”
When I initially started college I never truly considered studying abroad. At first it was because I was worried about finance, then it was that I would not graduate on time, and finally I was just scared to step outside of my comfort zone.
It was not until one of friends came home from a Semester at Sea study abroad program that I realized maybe studying abroad was a possibility for me, too. Honestly, the hardest part about studying abroad is deciding that you want to take the adventure head on.
The first step is going to the study abroad office to learn about all the options that are available. You have the opportunity to study almost anywhere in the world! I choose the CSU-sponsored program in New Zealand at Lincoln University because it was affordable, had a variety of courses that still allowed me to graduate on time, and it had the extra security of a CSU faculty advisor on campus.
As a Business CIS major I thought it was going to be difficult to find courses in business and computing at a school that was primarily agricultural. However, it ended up being easier than I originally feared.
Studying abroad is an experience that every student should consider. It is life changing and inspiring. Being able to see the world changes your outlook on life. The perfect place to start is the Study Abroad Fair that is taking place on Friday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the LSC Ballrooms.
Take this chance to have the chance of a life time. The options and opportunities are endless!
Contact: Kristi Schlup
Phone: (970) 491-8750