I really wanted to come here after hearing stories from one of our babysitters who was in Year 13. But coming from a small year group in a laid-back country school to the full on environment of Nga Tawa was actually quite overwhelming!
At first I was incredibly shy, and to make the most of Nga Tawa, I knew I needed to put myself out of my comfort zone. I play a lot of sport, I’m into triathlon, and in Year 9 I took up debating, which was terrifying. As a shy person, I never pictured myself getting up and talking in front of so many people. But now I talk quite a lot! I’m trying to get that Academic – Sport – Humanities balance right. Sometimes I’m not sure how I fit it all in. There are a few 5.30am starts!
My goal last year was to become a scholar, and I had to work hard for it but I did it! I was tossing and turning about what subjects to take this year. My friends are very driven and they all seem to know what path they want to follow. I did a personality quiz with a Careers Advisor but my friends and my Dean were amazing. They’ve helped me get my head around it. I’ve dropped Sciences and I’m going to go down the Business Management track. It’s not crystal-clear but I’m so glad I had the confidence to do it.
Nga Tawa has taught me not to be afraid of trying anything. I’d love to get a scholarship to study overseas after school. I don’t know if I would even have thought that was possible three years ago.