Meet Amandine

We met with Amandine to hear about her experience studying a Master of Emergency Management on our Wellington campus.

Kia ora Amandine, welcome to Aotearoa New Zealand! You’ve been here for three months now after making the move from France to Wellington. What prompted you to move your family here and begin studying?  

My husband and I had this itch to settle in New Zealand, especially drawn by its emergency management programmes, which align well with my background and this country's needs. It's not just a pit stop, we're thinking of putting down roots for good. And Massey? Well, they offer a specialised emergency management master's degree in Wellington, which fits perfectly with our plans. So landing here at Massey feels like the right move, and I'm genuinely thrilled about it!

You've had a university experience in France. What was your initial impression of university life here in New Zealand?

People are genuinely open, and conversations flow with ease. We've made some solid friends already, which is rare these days, you know? Society can feel so fragmented sometimes, like everyone's just doing their own thing. But here, everyone’s pitching in, helping out and just happy to be here. And let me tell you, as someone still working on their English, the support I've received has been incredible. People are patient, welcoming and quick to lend a hand.

At Massey we have smaller-sized classrooms. How are you finding that? 

My class is small! Because, you know, we are four only, right? One student comes from Saudi Arabia, another from India, one from Vietnam and then there's me. There are also Kiwi students who are working remotely from around New Zealand, pursuing the same master's degree programme. We have regular online meetings and tonight we're planning our first informal call just among ourselves. It'll be a student-only discussion without teachers, so I'll get to know them better. Having a class with only four people is fantastic. Sometimes we talk about work, but we also talk about our personal life differences between countries, which is super interesting.

What has surprised you the most about studying at Massey?

Definitely the small size of my class. Secondly, I would say my relationship with my teachers, which is very strong. I feel completely free and in a good sense, which means that I am fully autonomous. But there are a range of opportunities and people who can help me if something goes wrong – if I am not feeling well or if I am feeling overwhelmed. Based on my experience, this didn't exist at French universities. Massey offers services I didn't even know existed, like getting my papers checked for grammar before submitting them. They're all about helping me, whether it's my English or my writing skills. And it's available every day, even the weekend. I love it.