I came to New Zealand when I just turned 16. Soon after I started year 11 at Auckland Girls' Grammar, it became my second home. It wasn't easy being a young teenager living away from parents in a totally different country, not to mention the language barrier. However, the teachers and students showed me their hospitality and made me feel welcomed. I found the teachers were extremely patient and always tried their best to help their students. They were more like friends to me and I knew I could always turn to them for help. The students were all very friendly and treated me like their sister. I still keep in touch with many of my friends I made at school. It was an invaluable experience at AGGS. I learnt so much during my time there. The education I received was important in helping me develop my career path. The extracurricular activities also provided a good opportunity for me to learn about the culture and fit right in with the local students. I started as a young girl who had no idea what she wanted to do after high school, but by the end of year 13, I knew exactly what I wanted to do and how to get there. The subjects I took at school such as Physics, Calculus and Computing gave me the knowledge I needed for my engineering study at university. My excellent results at high school allowed me to complete my Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Auckland in an accelerated program, reducing the length of study by a year. I chose to study Mechatronics Engineering which was a relatively new field of engineering and had really interested me. After completing my degree, I have been working for an automation engineering firm in Auckland specialising in programing automated systems for beverages industry. I am enjoying my career as an engineer because not only do I get to work with what I love, but I also get many opportunities to travel as part of my job. Within 2 years at work, I've travelled to many different parts of New Zealand and overseas in Australia. My company always provides opportunities for me to balance life and work both when I'm in the office or away for an on-site project. Looking back after more than 7 years in New Zealand, I still think my years at AGGS were the best I could have had to prepare me for my future and I would not have it any other way.