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Kia ora everyone! I’m Seira. I go to Hauraki Plains College with my lovely partner, Maya. My town is called Ngatea and Ngatea is conveniently located to go to the city. There’re a lot of farms and a lot of cute calves were born recently. My host sister is starting to do a calf club and many kinds of calf competitions are coming up. I hope that she gets a good result. The season has changed to warm weather, but we’re still drinking hot drinks. I used to drink a hot chocolate every morning in New Zealand but I’m not drinking it now because I’m worried about my weight. haha I’m a good hot chocolate maker in my house, and my host family always asks me to make a good hot chocolate. So my host mother calls me “Hot chocolate queen!”.
Anyway, I would like to start with introducing my school life to you. I take English, Mathematics, Drama, Horticulture (Gardening), DTC (Computing), PE, Maori Cultural Studies and ESOL. Among them, I’m quite enjoying Maori Cultural Studies and Drama. 
In Maori class, we’re doing a lot of fun things. I made an original Maori design and traced a traditional Maori design, called “Koru”, on a piece of wood. After this, I painted the wood. My hands were shaking when I drew the design of Koru. It took me many days to finish my work. So, when I finished painting, I was filled with a sense of accomplishment. Also, everyone praised my painting like, “Your painting is beautiful! Awesome!” I was very happy to hear that. In addition, we’re learning “kapa haka”. I had to memorize all Maori songs and dances as soon as possible. It was very hard for me. I wanted to pronounce each Maori word clearly, so I asked my teacher and classmates how to do many times. Thanks to this, I had good communication with them and I can pronounce each Maori word properly now. We have Kapa haka festival at the beginning of November. I think it’s going to be my last Maori experience for me, so I want to enjoy doing the kapa haka and express my gratitude to my classmates and teachers through my behavior.
Also, I’m having a quite good time in drama class. I didn’t like acting in front of other people, but I took it because I wanted to change my personality. My drama classmates divided themselves into groups of five. I had to act in public for an exam and I picked a character, “Pantalone”. He likes money and is always angry. It was very difficult to get right into the character. We practiced hard, so after the performance we were full of self-confidence. My drama teacher said to us, “Well done!” Our successful performance actually strengthened our bonds of friendship. 
Besides classes, I have joined an activity of the Christian group at school as well. It is a gathering held every Monday during lunch time. When my friends invited me, I thought it would be good for me to learn a different culture. We often share stories of our daily lives and watch some movies together. Through this, I could have a golden opportunity to make a lot of friends.
Next, I would like to talk about my hardship in New Zealand. I have a problem with pronunciation of English. Especially, I’m not good at pronouncing L and R. Because of this, when I came to New Zealand, I couldn’t make myself understood in English. I confused many words because I couldn’t get my tongue around them. In Japan, I practiced pronunciation in English classes but honestly I didn’t work very hard for it. I didn’t realize its importance. So I didn’t care much about it in Japan and I had thought that vocabulary is more important than pronunciation. But, now I know that it was a big mistake. For example, when I left my work in the locker, I tried to explain about it to the teacher. But he couldn’t understand what I wanted to say because I couldn’t pronounce ”locker” correctly. I was very sad. Although I think my English skill has improved, I still can’t pronounce words as well as I wish. Sometimes a word that I want to say comes to my mind but I can’t say it, because I don’t have any confidence in myself. If I could pronounce words correctly, I’d be able to have a more lively conversation with kiwi people. Even to memorize vocabulary correctly, it is important for me to pronounce well. So I will keep trying in pronunciation until I go back to Japan. 
There’s a little time left until we go back to Japan. Before coming to New Zealand, I didn’t like standing in front of the people. Also, I was afraid of making mistakes and stayed away from facing my weak points. However, now I don’t mind standing in front of people and making mistakes. I want to try anything as much as I can. 
I deeply appreciate my family for letting me study abroad. I could change my personality through this experience because they have supported me from Japan. We can’t easily study abroad as a high school student. I want to carefully spend my remaining time here. 
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone!!
Thank you for reading my essay.
Big love,
Seira Tabata