Shamanthi Jayawardena

Shamanthi is studying a Master of Global Marketing at Victoria University of Wellington

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About Shamanthi

Name: Shamanthi Jayawardena

Age: 25

School/institution: Studying Master of Global Marketing at Victoria University of Wellington  

Home city and country: Colombo, Sri Lanka  

What was the biggest cultural difference you noticed between your home country and Wellington/New Zealand?

In New Zealand, people are not treated differently based on profession, job level or social standing and hierarchies are almost non-existent as there’s much more interaction between the top level and the low level in work, study or in any social setting.

What are the differences between your classes/tutors/lecturers/teacher here in Wellington compared to back home?  

Wellington is home to many experienced lecturers from around the world and I was amazed by how much this helped me to overcome siloed thinking. 

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What is your one top tip for someone coming to study in Wellington?

Wellington is a multicultural city, so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and make an effort to get to know people from different backgrounds and cultures for a truly global learning experience.

Are you thinking of staying in Wellington after your studies to work? Why?

Yes, because my experience so far concludes that if you have the skill and the will to do something, you can make it happen in Wellington.

Where is your favourite place to explore (be outside in nature)?

Mt Victoria and Mt Alfred! Can’t get enough of the bush walk up to the top and every time I go there, it’s a mini adventure as I always stumble upon a new track.

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