I am the International Student Leader of Craighead for 2022. It is an honour to have such an opportunity.

I have been at Craighead since Year 11. It was not easy for me to be in New Zealand for over two years. Soon after I started to study at Craighead, Coronavirus began to have a huge impact all over the world. During the lockdown, I stayed at the boarding house with other international students. At that time, I got homesick badly, even though I called my family many times a week. My family could not come to New Zealand, and I could not go back to my country. I fortunately went home on the Term 2 holiday this year. Staying away from my family especially when there is a pandemic was really difficult. However, as I got used to the situation, I realised that I was lucky to be here. When I did not understand something, teachers helped me a lot. Also, my friends were very kind to me. I am grateful for having wonderful friends and teachers. Without them I could not stay here today.

I am intending to study media at university either in Japan or Australia next year. I have learned many things at Craighead. I believe this will help me after I graduate school. I hope the rest of 2022 will be great.

Natsuki Nakajima

International Student Leader