Homepage Slider

Peadar Collins on Life in Massey University, Palmerston North

Peader Collins, is a KBS Business Students currently on Erasmus placement in Massey University as part of their global Student athlete program for rugby; Peader has kindly sent us back his account of life in in Massey University, Palmerston North

The first couple of weeks have passed very quickly during my time in New Zealand and I am enjoying every moment of it.
College life: It was a whole different ballgame without knowing anyone through my first couple of days on campus. The activities during orientation week, which I ignore in UL, became quite valuable. It felt strange trying to make new friends in college, since I knew a good bunch of people back in UL. Massey University is much smaller than UL, but the change is nice. The tutorials are only on once every 3 or 4 weeks which is a plus. Also, some lectures are recorded, just in case if you have any clashes with other modules (something UL might look into!).
Sporting life: I am here in Massey on a Global Athlete Student (GSA) program. That involves training with the Manuwatu Academy and the Turbos, which is a massive step up from back home. Training occurs in the morning and evening to avoid clashes with college. I am also playing with a senior amateur club called ‘Feilding Our Boys Ohrua’ (FOBO) where we train two evenings a week. I am on a two week Easter break at the moment and would love to do some traveling but I can’t ignore the rugby unfortunately. However, I am going to Lake Taupo with the University next week with other International students.
Social life: I am living with 4 guys and one girl in my flat. We get on really well as a bunch and helps with any homesickness. They do all the same training so I travel with them. We had good fun during ‘freshers’ week and travelled down to Wellington with them one weekend. It’s also useful having a girl in the house as she maintains the back and front lawn pretty well for the landlord checks.
I look forward to the rest of my time here in Palmerston North.