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I promise you won't regret studying at Marsden

My name is Stephanie Pan and I am a Year 13 International student from Beijing, China

When you do something for the first time, it leaves a deep impression. The first day I arrived in New Zealand was in late January 2015. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and the air I breathed in was so fresh. Compared to the air pollution in Beijing, Wellington is just like being in another world. I was surprised by how blue the sky was and how beautiful the views were.

 

How time has flown, it has been two years since I came to Wellington and studied at Marsden. Within two years, I made lots of friends at school and I got used to the school system in New Zealand. Now, I think Wellington has become my second home. Personally, studying in New Zealand has less pressure than studying in China, and I enjoy the time after school doing the things I like.

 

As an international student coming from a different culture, I understand how difficult it is for those who are new to Marsden and how confusing everything is. I felt the same way when I first arrived. However, through the massive support from my teachers and my homestay, everything became easier. 

 

The group of international students is growing in number just like a family, and I promise you won't regret it in a few years time when you stand in my place. Because Marsden has a special place in my heart, as every time I think of Marsden, it makes me think of home.

Marsden has a special place in my heart, as every time I think of Marsden, it makes me think of home.

Stetphanie Pan, 2016

Excerpts from a farewell speech by Stephanie Pan, November 2016