Scholarship taking teen to Mexico
A former Garin College student is saying adios to Nelson and hola to Mexico as she wings her way over on a scholarship to build links with Latin America.
Lauren Wilks, 19, is studying a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Auckland, majoring in Economics and International Business and is one of the recipients of the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Latin America.
Heading over to Mexico’s Tecnologico de Monterrey in January next year, Wilks said it was an ’’amazing opportunity to study and really see their way of life’’.
‘‘I know it’s going to be really challenging because it’s so different to New Zealand but I think because the culture is so rich and there’s just so much to offer, I think it will be awesome.’’
The scholarship was awarded to 11 individuals from around the country to help build connections to Latin America while studying there for 20-weeks with destinations including Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico.
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith said the international education experience would ‘‘enable the students to develop cultural skills and understanding alongside their specialist subject knowledge. Young Kiwis who are confident operating in many countries and cultures will boost New Zealand’s future as a trading nation’’.
Wilks said it would be really worthwhile to get a basic insight into the Mexican way of life and to see how they approached business.
‘‘I thought it would be so valuable for my future career working for NZ.’’
No stranger to South America, Wilks lived in Chile for a year when she was eight-years-old. She said at least she had a basic understanding of the country.
The overseas study would teach her valuable skills which couldn’t be learnt in an office that many New Zealand students didn’t have access to, Wilks said.
‘‘Over there I’m going to have exposure to an opportunity to take papers that aren’t offered in NZ.’’
She said knowing she was going to Mexico next year, ‘‘it’s helping me get through this semester’’.
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Lauren Wilks has been accepted into the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Latin America.