Let’s see how the life at Lincoln, New Zealand is through the eyes of an international student.
Part 1: Studying in Lincoln
New Zealand is well-known for wonderful environment and professional education. In Christchurch, you can hear people talking about University of Canterbury (UC) as one of the best universities in New Zealand. However, if you are looking for another place, you can take a visit to Lincoln University.
Lincoln University (LU) is ranked by World Universities Ranking 2014/15. Otherwise, with its faraway location in Lincoln Township, Christchurch residents do not take it as a priority for an academic program. Most students in LU are from Lincoln Township and international students.
Take 1 hour bus from Christchurch to Lincoln, you will be driven through trees and farms on the way to LU. The bus 80 will especially take you to the highway that you can have an opportunity to see the morning light from miles, cows eating grass and sheep gathering in groups.
Surrounding itself with green and silent atmosphere, LU also has its buildings built in English Baroque architectural style simulation. Additionally, Lincoln students can see the changes between weathers from Lincoln’s ancient trees. Students here love taking pictures of trees’ colors as it is the mark for their university years.
Taking step by step around LU, there are buildings hiding in beautiful nature. One of the main buildings that students have to come often is George Forbes Memorial Building. This is where the Reception and Student Administration located. This building is a dedication to 22nd Prime Minister of New Zealand.
There is something more to discover in George Forbes Memorial building. I will talk about it later in the next part. Another sky in New Zealand is opening for you to explore.
Part 2: George Forbes Memorial Building
We had an interesting experience around Lincoln University and took an overall look at George Forbes Memorial Building. In this post, I am going to talk more about everything inside this building.
This building is a dedication to the 22nd Prime Minister of New Zealand. In Lincoln University, George Forbes Memorial Building (G.F.M) is one of the most important buildings. If you are a visitor and eager to study in Lincoln, there is a particular department in here for everything about your studying in L.U, such as finance, enrolment, scholarships and even accommodation. However, G.M.F is often crowded with students from different majors. Why? Because there is another specific area for students. In this area, you can be happy to have a cookie from the Linc. Bookshop for around $2.50 with warm-hearted customer service. Students also come here to buy snacks, drinks and materials during break times.
Of course a small cookie can satisfy your stomach and you should take a glance to The Sandwich Bar next to the Linc. One of the special thing in The Sandwich Bar here is they will sell sandwich with a similar system as Subway: choosing your bread, meat, veggies, sauces, and pay. (Be careful on choosing meat, you may get away from lamb because of its smell!). Then, you can have a tasty sandwich made for you only and costs about $4.50. That is sometimes the reason why I never come here for lunch because I do not want to stand in line for almost 20 minutes with an empty stomach. Otherwise, your sandwich can be unique and worth the price if you have enough patient to try for the first time.
Opposite the Linc is Travel Deals office for students. Being an international student, you will soon realize that you actually get used to traveling and love it all the way, especially with Travel Deals. You will be suggested everything from your travel dates, the best season to travel in each country and of course great deals for your flights. That is how L.U teach their students to learn and enjoy life at the same time. The more you travel, the more you learn about life, and yourself.
For everyone who loves challenging themselves and being proactive, do not forget to check the bulletin board next to Travel Deals. You can easily find information about flats, tutors for some specific subjects and even club meetings. For some of you who are going to prepare for your future career, bulletin board will update the information everyday about career fairs and professional events. In my personal opinion, you should go check the bulletin board every time you go to school. Nobody knows what will happen tomorrow.
Finally, I would like to remind all of you that, Student Liaison always be in G.M.F to help all students, not just Lincoln students, about all the problems you are facing with your studying. Be courage, even just once, because at least there is a place for you to say out loud.
I will keep secret about my next post. However, before turning off my laptop, I would love to answer the question about my favorite places in Christchurch, New Zealand. One of my favorite places in Christchurch is New Brighton Beach. Good news about that is I have already prepared the first draft about this. Posting it now? Nah! 😛
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