9,857 km away from home and family?
Am I only going to meet my family twice a year?
Do I want to go?
This is what I asked myself 3 and a half years ago. As a girl in year 10, living in a different country, speaking another language and stay away from parents is very hard.
Imagine if you need your parents and you can only FaceTime them.
Do you think this sounds hard?
On the first day of my boarding life at Nga Tawa, everything was so hard. I had to unpack my things, meet new friends, and remember all the things that I will have to do. It was super hard for a girl who had never really stayed away from her parents and didn’t know how to do a lot of stuff. That night was the toughest night I have ever have had in my life, with all the homesickness I was feeling. But I got through it with the help of boarding managers and friends.
At first, I thought not living with parents would be horrible, but all of the boarding managers are like my second mums. I can go and talk to them when I am homesick, stressing about schoolwork, or have something that I am sad about and need someone to talk to. They always support me and help me through all the hard situations. I now can’t imagine how hard it is going to be without them.
Boarding also taught me a lot about life. It taught me how to live with other people, respect others, take care of myself, keep my room tidy, do my laundry, and meant I had to learn how to cook. It gave me a lot of opportunities to learn and deal with a lot of difficult situations. If I decided not to come to Nga Tawa, I wouldn’t know how to do half these things.
I would like to thank all of the boarding managers, night staff and friends for helping me get through to Year 13. I will never forget these experiences that I get from living at Nga Tawa.