Author Archives: Lauren Girard

A Reflection on My Year Studying Abroad

Lauren Girard, ’21 // International Business May 15, 2020 Nĭ hăo, kia ora, and hello are just three greetings I’ve used this year during my time studying abroad. I began my journey in the summer of 2019 interning in Shanghai, China. Then, I spent the fall semester in Dublin, Ireland, and now I’m studying at […]

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New Zealand’s Response to COVID-19

Lauren Girard, ’21 // International Business May 15, 2020 Studying abroad in New Zealand this semester was one of the best decisions I could have made for myself. Their response to COVID-19 has made me feel incredibly safe and secure. Prime Minister Jacinda Arden’s leadership and Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield worked together to keep […]

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How to Choose a Study Abroad Program

Lauren Girard, ’20 // International Business April 30, 2020 Choosing a study abroad destination can be difficult- there are so many factors to consider! Programs differ in their curriculum, location, price, culture, size, and more. Champlain offers a variety of programs so you really can study anywhere in the world. Lengths of programs vary. Students […]

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Living in New Zealand During COVID-19

Lauren Girard, ’20 // International Business April 17, 2020 The Decision to Stay in New Zealand The decision to continue my study abroad experience during this global pandemic was not an easy one. Both Champlain and my family strongly recommended I come home once New Zealand reached a Level 4 alert. New Zealand entered Level […]

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Getting Oriented at AUT

Lauren Girard, ’20 // International Business Kia ora! One of my main concerns when choosing AUT for study abroad was the semester dates. I wondered what I would do until classes began on February 24th, especially since the dorms opened on the 8th. Little did I know, there’s plenty to do! I wish I arrived […]

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8 Fun Day Trips to Do Around Auckland

Lauren Girard, ’20 // International BusinessFebruary 22, 2020 Kia ora, readers! My name is Lauren Girard and I’m an International Business student studying at AUT in Auckland, New Zealand. In today’s blog post, I’m going to share 5 adventures around Auckland I’ve experienced this week before classes have started, listed with the least amount of […]

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