International Students’ Stories
Kazuhiro (Kazu) Okada from Japan
I first got to know about Western Springs College through my agent from Japan. They told me the school had a good academic reputation and vibes. After I came here, I found what I was told was true, and I haven’t felt disappointed since I started at Western Springs College at the beginning of this year. Moreover, I like the new modern building and think the teachers are supportive here. I have so far improved my English skills a lot. I also made friends from different nationalities, which I couldn’t do if I were in Japan. At school lunch time, I enjoy playing basketball with the local students. Now, I am interested in joining the school badminton club. On weekends, I enjoy skateboarding with my Thai friend and browsing around clothes shops with my Chinese friend. I am looking forward to going to the cinema with my friends now that it is open. I also like my homestay. My hosts take good care of me, and my room is clean and comfortable. Through my homestay experience, I have learned to be more independent and do what I can do myself. In the future, I want to work internationally by working for a trading company.
Chengye Xu from China
I decided to come to Western Springs College as my sister, who lives in New Zealand for many years, picked the school out of all the high schools across Auckland, and I liked the non-uniform policy at the school. I still enjoy the freedom of deciding what to wear every morning, and I now also like the school because I have made a lot of friends. Attending classes with my friends is fun. Also, I found my teachers are kind and supportive. Since I started my journey at Western Springs College, I think I have developed my English and Design skills. On top of Maths, English and Physics, I am also taking the subjects of Painting, Design and Visual Communications and Economics this year. In the future, I want to be an architect as I like designing and think living in a beautiful house can make people happy. I am also interested in becoming an ECE teacher. I like young children. I live with my mother and sister, and my sister has got a gorgeous nine-month-old baby. I enjoy helping her with looking after the baby.