A new buddy system will help international students make friends and forge strong relationships on the Massey Wellington campus.
The programme will be trialed from the beginning of semester two and was developed by Massey Wellington Students’ Association International Executive, Clara Gan.
The system will help international students transition into life at Massey Wellington, something Gan says will help them enjoy university more.
“It will help to achieve a better and more positive experience in a new, unfamiliar country,” she says.
“It takes courage to uproot and move to a new place and I feel that Massey should provide more support to help [ students] settle in more easily.”
Gan says international students are really enjoying their on-campus experience but often feel shy when it comes to socialising.
She says that although clubs and events help this some students still don’t always feel confident.
“I think this programme will be a way to ease their nerves in a foreign environment,” says Gan.
In the future she’s hopeful this programme will continue to adapt and will have a positive impact on the social aspect of their life at Massey.
Domestic students interested in volunteering to be a buddy can contact firstname.lastname@example.org