I am sending you this 'letter' to give you an update since I studied at Newlands College and how it has impacted my life.
I had the opportunity to study at Newlands College in 2010. Although it was a short time, it was a very enriching experience as a whole. I had the opportunity to meet many people and cultures thanks to the diversity on campus. Through the homestay program I was able to experience life as a Kiwi. And when it comes to classes, I loved that I had the option to choose subjects of my personal interest.
Years later, in 2021 I obtained my medical degree. I emphasize the fact that I come from a low income country, and being in New Zealand made me realize facts that had previously gone unnoticed - especially quality of life. This made me develop an interest in improving my society and taking action. One of my most outstanding experiences was being able to work in a rural community. This was a huge eye-opener; I realized that things I took for granted were unattainable for them - to name one: water supply. I made it my goal to strengthen ties with the community, carry out educational talks, health prevention campaigns, and a research project on the most frequent diseases that affected the community and how to prevent them.
Currently, I work as a professor at a private university. I teach two subjects: histology and Medical English - thanks to the opportunity provided by Newlands College I was able to substantially improve my English, and eventually be able to work teaching future doctors. I continue to actively collaborate in scientific research in order to better the quality of life in my country; and I also make it my priority to work with a non-profit organization, where we provide free healthcare for vulnerable populations.
In the near future, I aspire to study a master's degree to enhance my knowledge in research and preventive medicine.
Without a doubt, the entire experience at Newlands College, from the educational to the cultural aspect, helped me become the person I am today. I am very grateful to have participated in this experience with you, and I hope that you will continue to change the lives of people all around the world.
Dr Jessica Fabini
Student of 2010