Jasmine is a year 12 at Wellington Girls' College
Name: Jasmine Yip
School/institution: Year 12 at Wellington Girls' College
Home city and country: Hong Kong
What was the biggest cultural difference you noticed between your home country and Wellington/New Zealand?
New Zealanders are more hospitable and open-minded. Their lifestyle is balanced and is a relatively slower pace. New Zealand is also a more diverse country with the indigenous Māori people and other people from all over the world living here.
What are the differences between your classes/teachers here in Wellington compared to back home?
Classes are more interactive; teachers often arrange group activities related to the curriculum. They focus more on the well-being of students instead of academic results. Compared to the spoon-feeding teaching style, competitive and stressful school environment back home, I much prefer studying in Wellington as it has allowed me to maintain an interest in learning.
Are you thinking of staying in Wellington to study after college at a university or tertiary institution? Why?
Yes. I have already got used to the schooling system and culture in Wellington, which really suit me.
What is one of your best Wellington memories?
One of the best memories was a Geography field trip to Wairarapa where we visited the iconic Castlepoint, walked up to the hill and saw a spectacular view, visited the vineyards and farm. The trip was really memorable for me.