NZAS #5: From Benguet State University To The University of Auckland!

Kia Ora!
I have mixed emotions as my journey to NZ will truly begin soon. I feel sad to leave a handful of dear people in my country but at the same time I also feel excited to meet new people and study in the highest-ranked university in New Zealand. I still cannot believe that I made it here.  It’s truly a blessing that I have been chosen to be a recipient of a prestigious New Zealand Scholarship program. Without the scholarship, studying at the University of Auckland would be next to impossible. Hence, I am grateful for the opportunity.

I really wanted to pursue Commerce (Business Management) at Saint Louis University in 2004 but my parents could not afford it during those days. So I grabbed the opportunity when a scholarship (full-tuition free) was offered to me to study agribusiness management at Benguet State University. Thankfully, I graduated in 2008 with consistent mark. It may not be as prestigious as Saint Louis University, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University or UP Diliman yet I shall never feel inferior about it. In fact, part of my character and the foundation skills that I have were honed in this humble state university. Wherever I go or whatever I’ll pursue, I hope to always fulfill the trust reposed in me by my parents, my nation, and my alma mater.

“Wherever I go or whatever I’ll pursue, I hope to be reminded to always fulfill the trust reposed in me by my parents, my nation, and my alma mater”

Now, I shall continue my journey. From a humble state university to a world-class university, this quest is seemingly a challenge full of excitement and uncertainties. The University of Auckland is the largest university in New Zealand, located in the country’s largest city, Auckland. It is the highest-ranked university in the country, being ranked 81st worldwide in the 2016/17 QS World University Rankings. Even so, I shall remain positive that I am going to love studying here as it provides plenty of opportunities to learn and to experience both the city and outdoor life in New Zealand.

Apart from You, I can do nothing.

👣The Official Traveler

 

NZAS #4: How To Send Passport & Handling Fee By Post?

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Some applicants are required to provide their passport even if they applied for New Zealand visa online.  If you need to provide your passport, you would have been advised of this on the ‘Thank you’ page when you submitted your Immigration ONLINE visa application. If you are not sure if you need to provide your passport, login to your RealMe account, open the application PDF and look at the advice on the last page.

The Immigration New Zealand will contact you if they need your passport or any other information. If you were instructed to provide your passport, ensure you read the following steps carefully:

Step 1 : Prepare the following:

  • your ORIGINAL passport
  • printout of the ONLINE confirmation page or your ONLINE application reference number if available
  • your contact information: phone, e-mail and return courier address (if applicable)
  • the Visa Application Centre (VAC) passport handling fee (plus any applicable courier fees) either in person, through a representative or by post.

My Experience:
I did not have enough time to travel to Manila to process my visa so I decided to maximize the use of NZ online services. No agent needed!

Step 2 : The VFS Global Service Fee are applicable per application.

If you are not applying in New Zealand, you also need to provide a fee for the processing of your passport by the Visa Application Centre. The New Zealand Visa Application Centre will accept all of the payment in PHP currency only. Please be aware that VFS is no longer accepting Manager’s Check (at least in my experience). I have verified this already. You may deposit the fees through cash to any Metrobank branch over the counter.

My Experience:
I paid for the Passport handling Fee via Metrobank (+courier fee for my passport to be sent back to my office). I do not have existing account so I went to a Metrobank branch and deposited the required amount to their account number.
I paid for the ff:
a. Passport Handling Fee: 570php
b. Courier Fee: 385php
I sent my passport and info details via LBC (paid separate amount of 175php) and received it after 10 days through 2GO Express. I did not opt to pay for the SMS services. I monitored through LBC tracking system and that’s enough for me 🙂

Step 3 : Scan Your Passport Bio page, Bank Transaction Slip, and contact information

Do not forget to scan these as you will have to email it  to VFS. The address will be provided to you.

Step 4 : Send via Courier

It’s time to send your passport together with the original deposit slip and contact information. Do not forget to write the address and summary details for ease of reference. Once you lodged your application, track your status of your shipment every now and then. If they do not receive your passport within 20 days, your application could be declined.

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Step 5: Visa Application Status Update

Once your shipment has finally arrived, you shall automatically receive a confirmation email that your application is being processed at the New Zealand Embassy.

Step 6: Visa Application Has Been Processed

After several days of waiting, you shall receive an automated email saying your visa has been processed and your passport is in transit. You will also receive a confirmation in your RealMe account.

Step 7: Congratulations, you made it!

Now, you just have to wait for your passport to arrive the next day or two. Haven’t I told you can do it? 🙂

Useful site: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/contact/offices/philippines

I got multiple visa!! ^_^ PTL! See you soon NZ!

 

NZAS #3: How I Applied for a New Zealand Student Visa Online

To be able to study in New Zealand for more than a year, I know I need to apply for a student visa. However, I live far from Cebu and Manila and I am also working on weekdays.  Through a little bit of research, I know it can be done by myself (DIY). Thanks to the immigration of New Zealand website  which I find friendly and pretty straightforward. With my scenario, I opted to use the Online Application instead of the paper-based application. Let me share how I did.

Step 1: Open the immigration of New Zealand site. Read and learn more about the details about your visa.

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Step 2: You will be prompted to create or log in to your RealMe account. DO NOT FORGET YOUR PASSWORD.

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Step 3: Once you are logged in, just click on “Make an Application”. You will be required to:
a. Fill out an application form

  • You need to complete the answers to all questions in English.
  • You do not need to complete all of the application form at once.
  • You can save your application form at any time and come back.

b. Upload documents

 

  • You are required to upload documents to support your application.
  • You are required to upload an acceptable photo of yourself to support your application. Your photo must show a full-front view of the face, head and shoulders and you must be looking straight at the camera with a neutral expression, eyes open, mouth closed and head straight. Nothing should obscure the facial features.

Experience: NZ4

c. Submit and View application

  • You will be charged an  application fee, you must pay before you can submit your application. This fee can only be paid using Visa™, MasterCard™ or UnionPay™.
  • If you are not applying in New Zealand, you also need to provide a fee for the processing of your passport by the Visa Application Centre.

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Experience: I paid for the visa fee (application cost) using a MasterCard™ online

d. Supply additional documents

  • You may be asked to provide more documents to support your application. If they need more documents or information, they will get in touch with you by email or other means. So keep an eye on your mailbox, email, mobile phone, etc.

Once you clicked “Submit”, you can readily view your application.

Step 4: You shall receive an email acknowledging the receipt of your application and any other instruction.

Experience: I was asked to send Immigration New Zealand my passport along with the required handling fee so they can finalize my application.

So that’s how I did online.
Posting soon: How I Sent My Passport & Handling Fee By Post?

 

 

NZAS #1 | The New Zealand ASEAN Scholarship Award

Maybe you are looking for career growth and you want to upgrade you skills and broaden your knowledge. Why not study abroad? The New Zealand government is offering a prestigious scholarships for people from developing countries to study in top notch New Zealand universities. You’ll get a chance to study with students and other professionals from around the world, build life-long connections to New Zealand as well as a global network. If you are up to postgraduate level study, try the New Zealand ASEAN Scholarships (NZAS). It seeks to empower individuals with the knowledge, skills and qualifications to contribute to the development of your home country.

WHO ARE ELIGIBLE?

As of 2017, the eligible countries are Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. The application can be done online. To learn more about this scholarship, go to https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/aid-and-development/scholarships/how-to-apply/

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Filipino citizen residing in the Philippines
  • Not more than 40 years old at the start of the scholarship
  • Not have citizenship or permanent residence status in New Zealand OR Australia
  • Not hold, nor have held in the preceding 2 years, a New Zealand OR Australian government scholarship
  • Apply to commence a NEW programme of study
  • Apply for a higher-level qualification
  • Have at least 2 years work experience relative to chosen career
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to the development of the Philippines
  • Can take up the scholarship in the calendar year the scholarship is offered
  • Agree to return to the Philippines for 2 years following completion of the scholarship

DOCUMENTS NEEDED

If you are successful in reaching the shortlist, you will be required to provide the following documentation so get ready with them:

  1. One of the following:
    • Verified copy of passport
    • Verified copy of birth certificate
    • Verified copy of other official government issued ID
  2. Verified copies of relevant academic transcripts
  3. Verified copies of relevant completion certificates
  4. Contact details of most recent employer and two most relevant other employers (this does not apply to School Leaver applicants)
  5. A non-verified copy of an IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) or an original copy of a TOEFL test result form, completed in the last 24 months. Native English language speakers will have the opportunity to provide alternative evidence of their proficiency.

The Application for 2018 is now open to Filipinos [February 16-March 31, 2017].

Break a leg!

The Hidden Discipline in ‘Waiting’

This post is inspired by Daily Prompt: Overwhelming.

Waiting is hard. We wait in grocery lines, in traffic, in the doctor’s office. We twiddle our thumbs, stifle our yawns, and fret inwardly in frustration. On another level, we WAIT FOR A LETTER that doesn’t come, for a prodigal child to return, or for a spouse to change. We wait for a child we can hold in our arms. We wait for a pay raise. We wait for our heart’s desire. Little by little I’ve realized there is more to this than the disappointment that we temporarily feel.

In Psalm 40, David says, “I waited patiently for the Lord” The original language here suggests that David waited and waited and waited” for God to answer his prayer. Yet as he looks back at this TIME OF DELAY, he praises GOD.

Through the discipline of waiting, we can develop the quieter virtues–submission, humility, patience, joyful endurance, persistence in well-doing–virtues that take the longest to learn.

What do we do when God seems to withhold our heart’s desire? He is able to help us to love and trust Him enough to accept the delay with joy and to see it as an opportunity to develop these virtues–and to PRAISE HIM.

Today, I receive that letter I’ve been waiting for–I’m going to study overseas with full-time scholarship. What can I say? The more I trust God, much more He amazes me. It’s truly overwhelming that I’ve come to learn all these through the discipline of waiting  #ThankfulHeart.

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A Self-reminder

 

 

Study Abroad: Jeanne Sauve Public Leadership Program

The Jeanne SauvÊ Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2017-19 Jeanne SauvÊ Public Leadership Program. The Foundation invites bright young change-makers from a wide range of disciplines and sectors from Canada and around to world to take part in a remarkable leadership journey.

The Jeanne SauvĂŠ Public Leadership Program represents the beginning of a lifelong personal and professional development journey, as well as an opportunity to join a global community of public leaders.

Candidates between 25 and 30 years of age with backgrounds in advocacy, the arts, communications, journalism, education, engineering, governance, law, politics, security, social innovation and other fields related to public leadership are invited to apply to this program.

The deadline of Application is on October 21, 2016.

Click here to download a more detailed Application Instructions

Wish you best! ^_^
👣 The Official Traveler

2016 Search for Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines


LEARNING, LEADING AND SERVING FOR LIFE


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Good news! The search is ON for the 2016 Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines.
You may download the nomination kit here or here:

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A Filipino citizen, not more than 30 years old, of excellent moral character, and without any record of criminal or unfavorable disciplinary case in school.
  • A bona fide graduating student for the current academic year (AY 2015-2016), from first baccalaureate degree (Health-related professions, Agriculture, Science and Math, Information Technology, Architecture, Engineering and Maritime, Humanities, Communication and Social Sciences, Teacher Education, Criminology, Business, Economics, Industry and Entrepreneurship, and Accountancy) or Doctor of Medicine and Bachelor of Laws degrees; and
  • An outstanding student in academic and co-and extracurricular activities with no failing grades during his/her entire study in college, Medicine or Law School.

For more inquiries, you may contact TOSP National Secretariat at (02) 634-5604/631-8101 loc. 7804 or at tenoutstandingstudents@gmail.com. Submit your bid books at your respective CHED Regional Offices.

DEADLINE OF SUBMISSION
APRIL 22, 2016: Regions II, III, IV-A, V, VI, VII, X, SOCKSARGEN, NCR, CAR
JUNE 10, 2016: Regions I, IV-B, XIII, IX, CARAGA, ARMM


Being one is just a short-term REWARD..
It is a long-term COMMITMENT.. no matter where you are ◕◡◕
-JYS, Batch ’08 😊

 

Think Globally, Act Locally

When I was younger I would hear some people jokingly say, “Go home and plant Camote” especially when someone does not want to study or when one performs low in academics. It seems farming has been looked down on ever since. As a result, young people tend to be inferior about themselves especially when their parents’ primary source of living is farming or when the college diploma is Agriculture-related.

Farming is considered as a tedious job and we think it doesn’t pay off well so we never tried to venture on it. Instead, some of us look for a different job or.. leave our homeland  to serve another.

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“Dati, nahihiya pa tayong sabihin na ang kabuhayan ng ating mga magulang ay pagsasaka o kaya medyo hindi pa tayo proud sabihin na ang tinapos natin ay ‘Agriculture-related’ course. So kahit na madiskarte ka, medyo mababa ang tingin mo sa chance mong makakuha ng trabaho na may mataas na sahod. Sad noh? Kaya.. nag-abroad ka na lang. Sana ngayon, dapat magkaroon tayo ng positibong pananaw tungkol dito” –👣

Now that I’ve grown and have my own share of life and professional experiences, I realize we should not underestimate the power/potentials of Agriculture. There is a need to boost the prestige of Agriculture to entice young people to be involved into farming. With smart technology emerging swiftly, it doesn’t always have to be an inferior 3-D job.

If we do not invest on human capital and educate (with proper mentality) now, the future might seriously suffer. Let’s be involved 🙂

😊 Agriculture is a NEED not just a WANT.
No Farmers, No Food, No Future ^_^
👣 The Modern Farmers


What’s New?


Caleb Harper, director of the Open Agriculture Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, wants to change the food system by connecting growers with technology. Get to know Harper’s “food computers” and catch a glimpse of what the future of farming might look like.
Watch This Computer Will Grow Your Food in the Future and see how it works.

Blogger: What Makes Your Day?

Having a rubbish day? Well, turn that frown upside down…
Sometimes we dwell on the things that make us sad, frustrated, or stressed out rather than concentrating on what makes us happy. Like it or not, it takes a little brain training to change our thought process from negative to positive. A good way to do this is by making a list of things that make us happy and keep referring to it every time you feel sad.

Whether you want to write down your favorite quote from a movie, write a new blog, or you stick down a photograph of yourself on one of the happiest days of your life, it’s sure to lift your spirit when you’re feeling down..

WHAT MADE YOUR DAY TODAY?


Remember:

People may forget what you SAID,
People may forget what you DID,
but incredible people will never forget how you made them FEEL. ♥♡♥
👣The Official Traveler

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A student made her Teacher’s day ^_^


People may forget what you SAID,
People may forget what you DID,
but incredible people will never forget how you made them FEEL. ♥♡♥
👣The Official Traveler

Read & Tell: These 4 Agriculture Fields Have Great Job Opportunities

Agriculture is a field of science which is often stereotyped into images of a ‘farmland’, ‘poor life’, ‘low-income job’ or ‘life under a scorching heat of the sun. Hey, I’d like to change that boxed thinking. There’s more to agriculture than anybody could ever imagine.

When I was taking up Agribusiness in college I often heard people would say, “Why agriculture? Why not medicine, nursing, accountancy or teaching. You are too smart for agriculture.”

“I am smart just enough to recognize a better future in this field. I love my country so much to give it up and I can see that the future belongs here,” I answered.

Surely, THERE’S A PRICE TO PAY FOR AGRICULTURE AS A CAREER OPTION BUT SOON YOU’LL REALIZE THAT THE OPPORTUNITY COST COMES WITH MORE OPPORTUNITIES AND GREATER REWARDS. 🌲🌲🌲
-The Official Traveler 👣 


 

I am reminded of this simple incident as I come across with this brief article. I take no credit on his writing. I just want to share it in my personal blog because I believe it is true and worth-sharing. TELL THE KIDS, WHY NOT? 🙂

Article from Modern Farmer site. 

When you hear the word “agriculture,” images of a farmer atop his tractor may come to mind, but there are a slew of other related professions to pursue, from engineering to economics.

Earlier this year, a study led by Purdue University determined that in the next five years there would be close to 60,000 job openings annually in fields related to agriculture, food, the environment, and renewable natural resources. We spoke to three professors at Purdue—a major research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana, which is consistently ranked as having one of the top agricultural sciences programs in the country (and world for that matter)—on which professions are emerging in this field.

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Agricultural engineers can focus on machine design, design, and processes of getting food produced at the farm to your plate, or environmental challenges working with soil, water, and air, says Bernard Engel, head of Purdue’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Careers include working for equipment manufactures in the agricultural, forestry, construction, and military industries. On the environmental and natural resources end, there are jobs with various government agencies or consulting firms.

Engel says the all of the programs in his department are in high demand right now. “Many of the advances in agriculture right now are coming in this area. The future looks bright as well, given expectations of even more technology being used in agriculture in the future,” he says in an email.

Biological engineers deal with issues that include food processes, things like making food taste better or making it last longer; and cellular and biomolecular engineering, which concerns “finding better ways to get value from by-products or getting energy from biological materials.” The food industry is a major employer. Engel says there is also a demand in research and development for these graduates, not only in the food and pharmaceutical industries, but also in genetic engineering in plants.

Agricultural Systems Management graduates help make agricultural technology easier to understand and use, says Engel, and students in this area are “highly sought after in careers with machinery, grain handling, and precision technology.”

Soil Science

Students can focus on soil ecology, chemistry, physics, conservation, and soil landscapes—mapping the soil attributes of a certain area—among other fields of study. John Graveel, an agronomy professor and director of the Natural Resources and Environmental Science program at Purdue, says job prospects for soil scientists right now are very strong. Job opportunities include working for state and federal agencies, environmental consulting firms, and other groups, like the Nature Conservancy.

“Soil science students are getting some training ingeographical information systems [GIS],” Graveel tellsModern Farmer in a phone interview. (GIS is a computer system that is used for collecting and displaying data as it relates to geographic points on the Earth’s surface.) “It’s hugely in demand right now by consulting firms to have people on staff who know how to do GIS.”

Agricultural Economics

Agricultural economics is the practice of applying economic principles to public and private decisions made in the agricultural sector, explains Kenneth Foster, head of Purdue’s Agricultural Economics Department. The field includes sales and marketing, agribusiness, farm management, policy making, and natural resource and energy economics.

Job prospects are “pretty strong” for graduates in this “heavily data and metric driven” field, Foster says. “We placed 98 percent of our graduates last May by the end of the summer. Well over 100 students got jobs.”

Pro tip: Foster says because we’re entering an era of data-driven decision making, “the students who can position themselves to be strong from an analytical and problem-solving perspective are going to have an edge in the market.”

All three professors agree on what students interested in these fields should be focusing on: math and science. You get a bonus for taking part in extracurricular activities that help build leadership, communication, and organizational skills.

Startups

Finally, let’s not forget the entrepreneurs out there who are tech savvy and like to go it alone. Agricultural technology startups are blooming right now. Last year the industry grew by 170 percent and had more than $2.36 billion in investment, according to the website TechCrunch.

“I think the agricultural tech industry is doing well because it’s been overlooked for awhile. I think that’s really going to change and it’s going to continue to grow,” says Jason Aramburu, founder and CEO of Edyn, a startup that makes a smart watering sensor for crops.