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  • Kia Ora

    by Katie Byers | Feb 27, 2017
    <p>Kia Ora (Maori greeting)!<br /> <br /> <img src="/images/default-source/default-album/img_0981.jpg?sfvrsn=5f31bb62_0&amp;MaxWidth=600&amp;MaxHeight=&amp;ScaleUp=false&amp;Quality=High&amp;Method=ResizeFitToAreaArguments&amp;Signature=71FA04F7419E3AD42911F5781610E410B84F7514" data-method="ResizeFitToAreaArguments" data-customsizemethodproperties="{'MaxWidth':'600','MaxHeight':'','ScaleUp':false,'Quality':'High'}" data-displaymode="Custom" alt="KiaOra" title="KiaOra" /></p> <p>I have been quite busy lately travelling to the other side of the world to Dunedin, New Zealand for the semester. I&rsquo;ve been here for about two weeks now and I want to share a few things about studying abroad. I strongly encourage you to get out there and push yourself to new limits. Classes start this week, but I&rsquo;ve been busy exploring the outdoors and trying new things! Culture shock is a real thing and I thought it would be a good first blog while here to share with you my list of the top 10 things that have surprised me most:</p> <ol> <li>More Relaxed &ndash; The airport security is very relaxed. Many people go to run errands or shop with no shoes on, and nobody ever seems in too big of a rush. There are lots of friendly faces that are always willing to stop and chat with you!</li> <li>Driving on the Left: Riding in a car on the left side of the road is very strange! I always feel like we&rsquo;re about to crash. </li> <li>Walking on the Left: Naturally, society walks on the sidewalk the same way they would drive. I have run into many locals around town because I forget to walk on the left side of the sidewalk!</li> <li>No Tax &amp; No Tipping: The price stated on a tag or menu is the total price, no extra costs&hellip; which has been very nice!</li> <li>Walking Everywhere: Coming from Manchester, it&rsquo;s very strange to not have a car and have to walk everywhere I go. Gas here is very expensive (about 7 dollars a gallon), so walking at least 20 minutes to get somewhere has been quite the adjustment!</li> <li>Metric System: I don&rsquo;t think in the metric system just yet. Temperature, speed limits, and distance has been a challenge for me so far&hellip; but I&rsquo;ll get there eventually. </li> <li>Locks &amp; Doors: Locks unlock/lock and doors open/close opposite than at home. I have run into many doors since being here thinking they are push when in fact they are pull.</li> <li>Sauces: New Zealanders don&rsquo;t really put sauce on food and if sauce comes with your food it&rsquo;s not the sauce you would think. The most popular sauces here are aioli and tomato sauce (pronounced toe-ma-toe&hellip; and does not taste like ketchup from the states!). My favorite dipping sauce is buffalo sauce and that is nowhere to be found here&hellip; missing that big time!</li> <li>Time Difference: New Zealand is 18 hours ahead of MU. I am just starting to kick my jet lag and get into a good routine. Sometimes I still forget about the time difference and call or text people in the early hours of the morning. I have also wished some a Happy Birthday a day early since it was their birthday here already!</li> <li>Not Knowing Anyone: I think the thing I miss most about MU are all the friendly faces. The campus is very large and I can walk all over campus without seeing a single familiar face&hellip; never take our small little school for granted!!!!</li> </ol> <p>So far, my experiences have been great. I wouldn&rsquo;t trade any of the sights I&rsquo;ve seen so far for the world. I can&rsquo;t wait to see what else this semester brings, cheers!&nbsp;</p> <img src="/images/default-source/social-media-and-official-blogs/katiebyers033fd0922d02625b9ff6ff0000763cab.jpg?sfvrsn=d13db262_0" data-displaymode="Original" alt="KatieByers" title="KatieByers" /><br /> <em>Katie Byers '18</em>&nbsp;<em>is a&nbsp;biology-chemistry&nbsp;major &amp; business minor. A member of the women's basketball team, she plans to study abroad in New Zealand in February 2017, and her dream job is to work at an orthopedic hospital.&nbsp;</em>