James Kennedy ’22
Hello everyone! My name is James Kennedy and I am a History and Educational Studies double major from Stony Brook, New York. On campus, I’m involved in Hobart Student Government, Classical Guitar Ensemble, and America Reads. I am also a part of the Teacher Education Program and HWS Leads Program.
A typical Monday while studying abroad in Auckland, New Zealand looked something like this:
8:30 a.m. - Wake up, shower and eat my usual breakfast of two over-medium eggs on toast with some English Breakfast tea.
9:15 a.m. - Head to the bus stop and make my way toward the University of Auckland’s main campus for class. The bus ride is only about 20 minutes, so I have a bit of time to meet up with my classmates and chill out.
10 a.m. - My first class of the day is “Māori Life and Culture.” The Māori are the indigenous people of New Zealand, so our professor from the University of Auckland, who is Māori, always offers an in-depth look on the inequities that indigenous people face and the impacts of colonization. We even learned a bit of te reo—the Māori language.
12 p.m. - Lunchtime! There are plenty of places to grab food near the University since it’s located in downtown Auckland. I would typically get some Asian food from one of the many on-campus food stops or try somewhere new downtown! If you’re ever in Auckland you have to get dumplings from Sumthin Dumplin, they’re amazing.
1 p.m. - After lunch is my second class, “Education and Diversity” in the U.S. and New Zealand. This class is taught by HWS Assistant Professor of Education Diana Baker. This class examines the education systems of both the United States and New Zealand to compare differences, and find similarities, in the way both countries value education. This class is consistently interactive and discussion-based, which is great for my learning style!
4 p.m. - Now that classes are over, I have some free time until dinner. I would typically use this time to bang out some homework at the University library, explore some of what Auckland has to offer or head home early.
6 p.m. - Time for my personal favorite meal of the day, dinner. My host parents are phenomenal cooks and always incorporate fresh fruits and veggies from their enormous garden. We’ll typically have some meat or fish, but no matter the meal, I’m always in for a yummy surprise.
8 p.m. - After dinner I would typically finish up any homework that is due the next day or get ahead on upcoming assignments. After that, I would just chill and watch some Netflix before bed. The show I watched the most in my time in New Zealand was definitely Bojack Horseman.
11 p.m. - Time for bed! I try to go to bed at a decent hour so I’m awake and energized for class again tomorrow..
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