Geo Robrigado finds purpose through study in Wellington
Geo Robrigado is the first migrant student to be President at Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA)
When I moved to Wellington from Manila, in the Philippines, in 2013 I didn’t know what was in store for me.
My family was here, I had already completed a bachelor’s degree but I knew I had a chance to explore new opportunities.
Like anyone who moves overseas, there were things I had to get used to. The way they study in New Zealand is different to how it's done in the Philippines and completing my first year of classes here had many challenges.
It shows migrant and international students are just as well received as New Zealand students in our university community. I hope by me being in this position that it inspires other migrant and international students to run for these sorts of positions.
The student community here is amazing. Whether I’m with law students at Pipitea Campus, my Filipino community at our student-run club, or being invited to join and learn from our Maori and Pasifika community, I always feel welcomed and valued.
I started out in Wellington not knowing what the next steps would be, and now I can say I feel a part of the community which I'm so happy to serve.