Ran Tao

2016 AFY Graduate
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Currently studying a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) at Massey University

My dream is to become a Veterinarian Professional and I know that the vet science degree from Massey University will help me to achieve that dream.

I decided to come and study in New Zealand as the Veterinary course offered at Massey University has a strong reputation. I really love animals and I would do anything I could to help them when in need.

Taylors College Auckland Foundation Year (AFY) offered me the perfect pathway into my ideal course at university. As well as learning essential skills to survive in a foreign country and university, I have also made friends from all over the world who also study at AFY. I really enjoy talking with other foreign students and I’ve learnt so much about their cultures.

Teachers at AFY are professionals in their field and are very good at teaching. They have helped me a lot and have always been very patient with all the students. One of my most memorable experiences was a biology field trip to a protected island. It was wonderful to learn outside of the classroom and I really enjoyed the beautiful wilderness of New Zealand.

Studying at AFY enabled me to get used to the English speaking environment as well as learning the fundamental subjects that are essential for my further study at university. Not only are the facilities at AFY advanced, but the experience of delivering speeches, doing researches, writing essays and reports will be helpful for completing university assignments.

There are so many activities to do in New Zealand. I love visiting museums, aquariums and zoos for relaxation from study. Barbeques near beaches can be great fun with a group of friends. Also, I love to spend a couple of days travelling to further places, such as Hobbiton and Bay of Islands during my holidays.

Advice to students coming to New Zealand?

“Be prepared to work hard during the week but make sure you find time to relax on weekends, being social with your friends is important”