International student of the week
“Winthrop is known for its strong women’s tennis program, which made it especially desirable for me to attend” Elizabeth Williamson said.
Williamson, a freshmen environmental studies major from New Zealand, chose to study in America, specifically at Winthrop, where she found it fascinating to study and play tennis at the same time.
Williamson finds it amusing how everyone here is so friendly and interested in knowing her, the culture and country where she is from. Furthermore, she said that the difference in weather and food between the two countries was a shock for her.
“People here are super friendly, very welcoming and the International Center does a great job of making new international students feel at home,” Williamson said.
Williamson likes cooking, and the outdoors, such as hiking, biking, waterskiing and exploring new places as well as riding horses.
Williamson likes how classes are classified into much smaller rooms compared to the ones in New Zealand. She said that in New Zealand, some classes contain over 500 people. She is even more inspired by the education system here.
“I really love the college system here, especially how it allows athletes to compete against other schools as well as studying,” Williamson said.
Williamson said that some people find it hard to understand her accent, and she sometimes does the same when it comes to their Southern accents.
Just like many other international students, Williamson’s problem is the of public transportation system in the area. “It makes it much harder to go shopping etc…, and I feel as though I have limited freedom” Williamson said.
Williamson has also been to Australia, and she wants to travel and volunteer somewhere abroad after graduation.
She also highly advises everyone to travel and explore what the world has to offer, and to experience different cultures around the world.
“Studying in the U.S.A. has definitely given me a new perspective on the American culture and has helped me grow as an individual,” Williamson said.
Facts about New Zealand
1.The official languages: Maori 4% and English Language 95.9%
4.Government: Unitary State, Constitutional monarchy, Parliamentary system
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth
5.Independence: From the United Kingdom on Jan. 17, 1853
Governor-General: Jerry Mateparae
Prime Minister: John Key
6.GDP 139.8 billion USD
7.Currency: New Zealand dollar( NZD)
8.New Zealand was the first country to have three top power positions filled with women.