Lulu Peach, a Temple University Student who is currently studying abroad with Arcadia at the University of Otago, wrote an excellent blog about her positive experiences with New Zealand's academic system and its difference with the American system.
"Prior to moving to New Zealand, I assumed that this crippling need for academic perfection was just the way of life for all hardworking college students. Most of my American friends at home are also guilty of over-pressuring themselves academically, so my study-induced mental health issues seemed like the norm. After two months of being a student at the University of Otago, I can confidently say that I was completely wrong."
She continues: "When I leave New Zealand, I am determined to carry this newfound peace and mental stability back to the United States. Now that I am living the Kiwi lifestyle – one of increased attention to happiness, health, and peace – I refuse to let my own fixations on academic perfection and overcommitment take over my life. My new mantra is as follows: breathe deeply, sleep well, do what you love, and stay happy."
This post originally appeared on Temple University's Study Abroad Blog as Breathing Easy: Mental Health and the Kiwi Academic System.