From NZ(Ami)


Hi guys! I’m Ami. How have you been? I go to Pompallier Catholic College as a year12 student. It’s still chilly in NZ but I feel summer in the air. I can’t believe that I’m going to go back to Japan in a few weeks, and I’m so surprised how quickly the time has gone by.

I live with my host mother, father, two host sisters and a dog. My host mother has a lovely smile, and my host father is an interesting person who likes to tell jokes and watch rugby. My host sisters are fourteen and twelve years old. They are cheerful and always help me, and they are very good host sisters. Thanks to them, I can live an enjoyable life here in NZ. To be honest, I think it took me longer to warm up to my host family compared to the other students because I was over-concerned around them  and wasn’t able to be myself. I kept a distance from them unconsciously in my heart. I really wanted to get to know them, but I didn’t know how to shorten the distance with my host sisters in the first few months. However, I tried to answer their questions with longer answers, not just with a few words. Also, I tried to talk about many things and ask questions actively.  Moreover, I increased the time doing something together to shorten the distance. It was not easy for me to have younger sisters because it was my first experience. But I was very happy that they depended on me and talked to me happily. I feel glad that I can spend my limited time in NZ with them. I like talking with my host family the best while having a meal at dinner time. They introduce me to many people, take me to various places and give me delicious meals every day.

When I went to my host school for the first time, I was so nervous, and I thought I wouldn’t be able to do well from that day on. And it was hard for me to make new friends. I had a lot of difficulties and felt frustrated because I didn’t understand what the teacher and students around me were saying. I needed the courage to ask questions at first, but when I asked questions to them, they taught me kindly until I could understand, so I could get over it. Even now I sometimes need their help.   I’m grateful to them for always supporting me and telling me what I don’t know.  At school, I have had new experiences.  For example, I study Christianity, I played netball, and I joined some unique school events that I can’t experience in Japan.   I could make lots of memories here.

I think everything is hard when studying abroad and I think that fun and happiness will come after overcoming them finally. Especially, I faced difficulties such as language and conflict with myself. I got homesick in the first few months, and I had to get over many things.  However, I have grown mentally, and I feel more grateful to my host family, friends and the environment around me. I’m so happy to meet new wonderful people here.

Finally, I’m so thankful to the people who support me such as my family, host family, friends and teachers. I’d like to spend the rest of my time abroad without regrets. Thank you for reading!

Lots of love,