Earlier in this semester, Ally Willen wrote a beautiful piece for A Broad View, a column aimed at giving international and exchange students the opportunity to tell us what makes New Zealand unique to them. We’ve had some great write-ins, but Ally’s was particularly special. Rather than purely telling us what is different here, she gave us an emotional insight into what her first tramping experience was like, something many of us have had a lot of experience of in New Zealand.
Opting for a tough track to begin with, but still completing it, she made us think about why we’re not pushing ourselves to greater heights. In her words, “our limits exist only because we create them.”
Make the most of your time here everyone and do whatever you can to ensure you do leave something good behind. We only have one life in this world and sometimes it’s much shorter than we hope for.
Gone, but never forgetten Ally. Our thoughts are with all your friends and family.