Getting Paid To Study Abroad in Auckland With Jonathan Mennecke

“As long as they’re on the ball and getting things done before deadlines they’ll be able to study abroad and be successful at it, too.” Jonathan Mennecke 

Jonathan Mennecke is currently studying abroad at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand. He goes to Iowa State University and was a pre-med student at the time of the interview.

If you’ve listened to any other episodes you know by now that something going wrong on your trip is a right of passage, and it happens to everyone. Jonathan is no exception and tells us about a time where “everything that could’ve gone wrong, did” on a trip to Queenstown.

Aside from that, the his time in Auckland and the rest of New Zealand sounds amazing.

Scholarships are big theme that I like to focus on in the interviews and Jonathan was fortunate enough to get most of his trip paid for, and he shares exactly how he did it in the interview.

Jonathan was also kind enough to send me some pictures he took while in New Zealand.


GPS Without The Tickets


  • Why Jonathan chose New Zealand [2:09]
  • Finding funding in different areas and even getting housing paid for [4:05]
  •  Jonathan’s living situation in Auckland [5:13]
  • Attending classes in Auckland [5:29]
  • Learning about the history and culture of New Zealand [7:04]
  • Spending a week in Queenstown [9:34]
  • Coffee, dark chocolate, and other New Zealand foods and methods [13:27]
  • New Zealand website recommendation [16:33]
  • Jonathan’s advice to students thinking about studying abroad [17:03]
Pictures courtesy of Jonathan Mennnecke
Jonathan Mennecke
Pictures courtesy of Jonathan Mennnecke
Jonathan Mennecke
Pictures courtesy of Jonathan Mennnecke
Jonathan Mennecke

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Why Liam Krodel Chose to Study Abroad in New Zealand

Liam Krodel in New Zealand

“My goal was to get as far away as possible and that’s essentially why I picked New Zealand” Liam Krodel 🦘

One of the biggest questions students who are thinking about studying abroad have is “where should I go?” Most people go their whole life without getting to visit everywhere places on their bucket list, how are you supposed to do it in a summer, semester, or even year?

One way could be to this listen to this interview. Liam Krodel does a great job of explaining his decision to study abroad in New Zealand. Simply put; he loves the outdoors. In to cooking you should go to France. Design? How about Germany? Surfing…you get the idea.

Liam does a great job of depicting his time there. He was happy with his living arrangement because got to meet and make new friends from all over the U.S. It’s also worth noting that Liam already has a job lined up for when he graduates and one can assume that his experience helped secure it (just listen to the interview).

GPS Without The Tickets


  • Why New Zealand is a no brainer if you life hiking 🥾 [1:37]
  • “A mixed bag of emotions” prior to departure 😔[3:30] 😄
  • Liam’s living arrangement in New Zealand 🏘 [4:22]
  • How Liam’s view of the world changed 🧐 [6:48]
  • Clubs, camping trips, and close calls ⛺️ [7:35]
  • Taking advantage of everything New Zealand had to offer 🚵‍♂️ [9:44]
  • Liam’s advice to someone who is thinking about studying abroad 🦘 [10:52]
  • A helpful Queenstown app 📱 [12:29]
  • EXACTLY why you need to study abroad 🎒 [13:39]

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