Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Latin America, iWinterMX Global Business Programme
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Ko Hayley McKenzie tōku ingoa
My name is Hayley McKenzie; I was raised in the farming suburbs of South Auckland and recently moved out to live closer to uni. I am studying a conjoint Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business, majoring in Communications, Management, and Marketing.
I chose to apply for iWinter MX to gain life experience and grow as a person. I have never travelled alone, experienced culture shock or really been out of my comfort zone. I wanted to take this opportunity to learn and experience things I wouldn’t normally do.
I am most looking forward to meeting new people, being involved in a new culture and expanding my knowledge of business, particularly on an international scale which I haven’t learnt before. This benefits my studies in becoming more educated and a better global citizen for my community and any future business endeavours I wish to take.
My aspirations for the future are to see the world and work for myself; I hope that this experience truly broadens my opportunities and aids me in achieving my aspirations with both experiences and connections.
On Sunday, we embarked our journey to Queretaro bright and early. After a very hard goodbye to our buffet breakfast and unlimited coffee we were on our way. After about an hour, we reached the Aztec pyramids, I was overjoyed to be greeted by the sights of hot air balloons scattered across the sky. This…
Our journey began bright and early at 5 am at Auckland airport, starting with a three-hour flight to Sydney, then a thirteen-hour flight to Los Angeles and finally, a three-hour flight to beautiful Mexico. With lost luggage and delays causing missed flights, we were certainly getting to know one another very well! After some long-haul…