Connectionz congratulates you for your wonderful performance at Linwood College, Christchurch - you are a star!!!!.
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Ever since I was a kid, going on an exchange overseas has been a dream of mine. It was thrilling when my mum first told me I was going to New Zealand. I have travelled to other countries before, but New Zealand was a new frontier. When I arrived here in 2009 I was nervous and excited. I got here at the end of July, meaning to stay for one year. For the first six months I was involved with several school activities, such as the senior futsal team and playing trumpet in the orchestra. At the end of 2009 I changed host families. Jenette and Alan welcomed me with open arms. During the January Summer holidays I had the opportunity to be a voluntary leader for the YMCA holiday programme, which allowed me to do a lot of different activities throughout Christchurch.
The second half of my stay was during the first half of 2010. I continued being a member of the orchestra, playing in the school production of Kiss Me Kate and in the Gala concert. I was a part of the tennis team, and even played a game of waterpolo. Playing all these different sports gave me the chance to meet and interact with new friends from around school and even different schools in Christchurch.
When I was meant to leave during the July holidays I decided to extend my stay and work towards gaining NCEA level 3 in order for me to get into the University of Canterbury. There I wish to study mechatronics engineering. From July onwards I studied hard to gain credits. One of the highlights of this half of the year was the 7.1 magnitude earthquake, which was an experience like no other, having never felt an earthquake before.I had the chance to do another week volunteering at the YMCA, where I was awarded for Outstanding Leadership.
Now as progress towards the NCEA external exams I will continue to study hard and hopefully I will be the first Brazilian student from Linwood to attend University in New Zealand. I want to be an example which other international students follow, taking advantage of the exceptional opportunities here at Llinwood. To me, Linwood College was not an experience, but a part of my life which I will never forget.