Priscilia Widjaja - “Graduation Day!”


 Priscilia Widjaja

Priscilia travelled all the way to New Zealand from her home in Indonesia to study Human Nutrition. When she’s not studying you’ll find her taking great photos of the wonderful scenery that surrounds her. 


The time runs so fast, but this is not the end of the journey…

After studying for 2 semesters (literally 8 months), finally I received my marks and an invitation to graduate. I was very excited! The graduation ceremony at the University of Otago is quite different from Indonesia, as we marched down the main street, were cheered by thousands of people along the way, and had our awards given in the Town Hall.


“… an invitation to graduate.”

We did have an international graduation party, which was held a couple of weeks before the official graduation ceremony. I had a chance to meet the lovely International Office team, as well as friends and their families. And not to mention unlimited nibbles that made our tummy so full!

And the big day arrived. It should’ve been a perfect day until I fell on the streets, 10 minutes before my graduation march started, 1 block away from the meeting point. My knee was bleeding so badly, but I managed to pop into a pharmacy and got a treatment. At that time, I thought I wouldn’t be able to participate in the march, but I insisted on running through the marching line and sneaked into the back of the line. And I did it!


“… and sneaked into the back of the line.”