When Yadi Chen finished high school in Tianjin, China, she wanted to study in New Zealand – at the University of Auckland. To get into her chosen course, she enrolled in ACG Education’s The University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies, because it was “the largest and most popular in NZ.”
The decision paid off. After a Foundation year which saw her undertake Physics and Biology courses to prepare for university study, Yadi recently graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Biomedical Engineering.
Now, following a successful project in her final year, she’s continuing her education with a PhD in Physiology.
“I’m driven to be the best at what I do,” she explained. “In the future, I hope to work somewhere that offers opportunities to develop my skills, learn new techniques, take on interesting projects, and work with people that I can really learn from.”
For now, she has a few more years in New Zealand to complete her PhD. She says her favourite thing about living here is the people.
“The wonderful, weird people. I think New Zealand is the most welcoming and friendly nation ever. I can’t recall a time over the past four years where anyone was ever rude to me. Saying “thank you” to the bus driver when getting off the bus, holding the door open for people. As for weird – I still don’t get why people go barefoot, everywhere.”
Yadi says ACG’s The University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies turned out to be the right stepping stone for her future studies. Her advice for students considering a pathways course?
“Take some time to think about what you like to do, your ideal career. There are so many opportunities and different careers in NZ, and some are just starting. Explore all your options during the Foundation year. Examine your likes and dislikes. And use what you learn to decide what you are going to do at University.”