Connections make transition easy

Heng Ley moved from Cambodia to attend Wellington College and loves it so much he plans to study further when he leaves

About Heng

Name: Heng Lay 
Age: 19 
School/institution: Year 12 at Wellington College 
Home city and country: Siem Reap, Cambodia 

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

Wellington is a lively city and people like to socialise and hang out with friends on the weekend. Whereas Siem Reap is quite a touristy place where people are a lot busier during the weekend.  

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

Connect with as many people as you can – it will help you will fit in quickly. 

What were your first impressions of Wellington as a city/region? 

My first impression of Wellington City is that it is small but with a lot of activities to do and places to see.  

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

The classes over here have less students, whereas back home there are more. Teachers here are very lovely and considerate towards their students, as they are back home too.  

Are you thinking of staying in Wellington/New Zealand to study after college at a university or tertiary institution? Why? 

After college, I will go to university here in New Zealand because the education system is of a high standard and ranks in the top 500 in the world.  

What is your favourite thing to do in Wellington? 

Have lunch with my friends and sit at Oriental Bay beach if the sun is out. 

What is your favourite Wellington meal/place to eat?  

My favourite meal to eat in Wellington is brunch (a mixture of breakfast and lunch). There are so many selections of delicious food to choose from.

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