| Faza Suraj |
“STUDENTS must strive hard to achieve their goals and dreams. Avoid any feelings of regrets over your chosen courses. It is important to remember that you have worked hard and made it this far.”
This was said by Wong Tzee Wuen, 20, during a sharing session with students of Sayyidina Ali Secondary School, members of the Bruneian Student Association in New Zealand and the students of Pre-U2. Wong, a former student herself, is currently in her third year in Medicine at the University of Otago, New Zealand.
Three representatives also held a talk to promote awareness on courses available at the university particularly Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy while providing some insight on the experience of living and studying in New Zealand.
Wong Tzee Wuen and two other Bruneian local undergraduates from Otago University, Ali Wai’e Hj Ajamain – a Medicine student and Edmund Chew, 21 doing Dentistry spoke to the Bulletin on the benefits of studying at Otago University.
“Otago University is an institute created solely for locals in New Zealand. As such, you cannot apply without a proper channel. In our case, we applied through the career centre at our school and they relayed the application to the Ministry of Education who then called us for an interview. Applications sent directly to the university will most likely be rejected,” said Tzee Wuen.
Otago University, as described by students, is one of the best places to study. The number of Brunei students enrolling to the university has been on the rise from six to 11 annually with most pursuing medical related fields.
“Students often worry that the courses will be too hard. If you possess the right mindset, you can make it no matter how challenging it is. There are fewer distractions in Otago, compared to Auckland or Wellington,” said Edmund Chew.
The length of the courses should not intimidate those who are passionate about their field. The eight years of study includes two years of clinical placement.
They have visited Maktab Duli PMAMB, Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College, the Sengkurong Sixth Form Centre and will continue their visit to the Meragang Sixth Form Centre.