Jolanthe De Koning
BSc Sport and Exercise Science
Placement at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
“Living in New Zealand for a year was an amazing experience. I went to Auckland University of Technology (AUT) where I was a research assistant in the Sport Performance Research Institute NZ (SPRINZ). Through being assigned to a supervisor I took part in literature searching and data collection in several interesting projects, gaining both literary and practical research experiences that helped me throughout my final year. Being exposed to a research focussed workplace was also helpful for future career decisions.
The most valuable lesson learnt was the importance of being proactive to pursue your interests, as this was a vital part in my experience at AUT. Living abroad stimulated me to become more independent. I met a lot of interesting and wonderful people both at and outside my placement who I am still in touch with, and I was able to enjoy the amazing outdoor opportunities that New Zealand offers!”