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Showing posts from July, 2017

Exploring the North Island

Catching up from where we left off I had a great first two weeks of classes. Things are a little different and many Maori words thrown in. The classes however, are very interesting. The teaching and learning styles are also slightly different. Much less emphasis is placed on facts, but instead on writing. Further, the natural and green agricultural movement has a much stronger emphasis here.

The political thought seems very divided in opinions here much like in the United States. However, their political system is set up very different and there are not just two parties. Many here seem to know more about America's politics than do some of the other American students here. There are many New Zealand citizens who are very pro-Trump and many anti-Trump, but everyone wants to know what my opinion is! I enjoy talking to people about our politics and discovering their perspective on how our government runs/ our political future. It amazes me how much of it they follow, I have had more i…

The Capital and Lots of Reading

This was a hectic week. It started with a trip to Wellington on Saturday with three friends I met during international student orientation. We started by driving the roughly two hours down to the capital (on the left side of the road I may add). Once we got there we found the capital and signed up for a tour of "The Beehive." This is the nickname for the New Zealand parliament. The tour was great and gave me a sense of how the government operates, as well as a bit of history! One of the most interesting pieces of information I learned during the tour was that the floor of parliament's decor was green in order to follow suit with the green decor in the House of Commons (as red is used in the House of Lords). It also had a lot of touches of Māori culture scattered throughout the building. Following we grabbed dinner before heading to be picked up for a Weta tour.

Weta's are these small cricket/grasshopper type creatures found in New Zealand. Weta's known in the cu…

Recap: #IrelandFFAExperience

Thanks to the generosity of the National FFA Organization and their sponsors, I was able to travel to Ireland through the Stars and Proficiency Program. However, it was due to the support of my FFA advisor, home and collegiate community, my Purdue advisors, and my family for allowing me to become a National Star finalist to qualify for this trip.

The trip started with a night in New York City for orientation. I decided to fly in a day earlier and see some of the sights. I walked around downtown, took a boat tour, enjoyed some street food and some great pizza for dinner. The boat tour included a visit to the Statue of Liberty. However, what I was most excited to do in New York City was visit the last two National Smithsonian Museums. Last summer while I was interning in DC,  I visited all of the Smithsonian museums in the DC and surrounding area. This January I also went back to see the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture. In NYC I visited the American …