Sam Drury

Sam Drury

Firstly, I would like to thank the Alumni of University of Otago in America Inc., for your very generous financial support. The scholarship really helped me out and made my experience at the University of Richmond that much better.
The scholarship went towards my accommodation and meal plan. That meant I could then use the money I saved towards my exchange on experiences. I’m going to just give a quick summary of my exchange.
I arrived in LA on the 1st Of August and travel to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National park, and San Francisco. I then reached the University of Richmond and had the best time of my life.
I was taught by some amazing lecturers. I got to experience an American college culture, which was so much fun. I met some of the greatest people, who will now be my lifelong friends.

During fall break I went to Austin City limits, in Austin, and saw some of the world’s greatest musicians. During Thanksgiving, I stayed with a friend of mine who was from New York and got to experience a traditional Thanksgiving.

Each day I spent in American I was able to do something that I wouldn’t have been able to do in New Zealand.

The places I visited, the people I met, and the university culture, all created an experience that I will never forget. It was without a doubt the greatest time of life. The scholarship I received contributed to these incredible experiences and I am very thankful to AUOA for providing this scholarship.