New Zealand was the perfect place to spend my exchange semester. Although it was really far from home, I adjusted very well to the kiwi culture and met a lot of incredible people throughout my journey. I spent my weekends exploring all of what New Zealand offered; the country is filled with beautiful landscapes, beaches, and mountains. One thing that was different at AUT from Ryerson was all process work for projects was always done in full scale versus working in thumbnails. My exchange experience also encouraged a lot of personal growth. With each passing day, I was faced with new challenges that inspired my creativity. I highly recommend going on exchange in New Zealand because the country is rich in culture and adventure. I have also built long lasting friendships with people from all over the world and I’m extremely grateful for spending a semester abroad. If you are considering going on exchange, I would suggest that you start saving money as soon as possible—studying abroad is expensive, but worth it! I am happy to discuss my experience more in depth with anyone who would like to know more. I can be reached via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.