Aimee's Story

Introducing Amy

Can you tell us a bit about your academic journey in New Zealand?

Absolutely! So, I began my journey in New Zealand at UCIC, where I studied the UTP Science Programme. It really laid a strong foundation for when I transitioned to the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at UC. The support and resources really helped shape my academic path.

So what drew you to study in New Zealand, particularly at UCIC?

I’m from Borneo and when I was researching global study options, I could see UCIC had a supportive environment and the right academic programme, so it felt like the perfect fit. 

How did you find starting off at UCIC help you transition into your studies at UC?

UCIC provided way more personalised support, which was invaluable, especially for an international student. The smaller class sizes allowed for more meaningful interactions with teachers, and I could ask for help whenever I needed it. Plus, the other opportunities like being on the Student Council and joining the Women in Tech Club, all helped shaped my experience.

Now you’re an Associate Software Engineer at Xero. How are you finding working life?

The technical skills and industry knowledge I gained during my studies were crucial for landing my role at Xero. But beyond that, the soft skills I developed, like communication and problem-solving, have been equally as important in my day-to-day work. Plus, the extracurricular activities have helped me build a strong network and hone my interpersonal skills.

How did you navigate the challenges of living in a new country, particularly with the language barrier?

Ah, the language barrier was definitely a concern for me initially. But UCIC were incredibly supportive throughout the process. From providing assistance with practical matters like getting an IRD number to offering tips on finding part-time jobs, they were there when I needed them. Plus, living in homestay was a great help, as my house parents made sure I felt safe and welcomed in my new environment.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking about studying in New Zealand.

I'd say, make the most of the resources available to you. Don't hesitate to reach out for help when you need it, whether it's regarding your studies or adjusting to life in a new country. And make the most of the experience that come your way. My close girlfriends, who I meet through Women In Tech, rented a cool Airbnb just outside of the city as a reward for finishing university. It was so fun.

Anything other highlights from your time?

Yes! When my family came here for my graduation, I found being the tour guide was really rewarding. They loved it. And my sister has started at UCIC! In terms of my career, I am looking forward to taking on more challenging projects and responsibilities, progressing towards more ownership and leadership opportunities. I’m excited for the road ahead!

UCIC Programmes

Foundation Studies Certificate

University Transfer Programme: Commerce

University Transfer Programme: Science

University Transfer Programme: Engineering