Gina Aballe’s online study experience is off to a good start and she looks forward to joining the OPAIC family on campus when travel restrictions allow.
She is currently studying a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Management online. She plans to use the programme as a pathway to the Master of Applied Management (Business Information Systems), which she hopes to study on-campus.
Gina is studying from her home country of the Philippines. She is juggling her study with her work as a Software Testing Analyst at Accenture.
"Juggling work, studies and home chores are really challenging. I still haven't mastered the art of managing everything all at once. I'm taking it one day at a time and really trying to keep up with everything.”
“Though it's a bit overwhelming, each class session is very informative and helpful. Materials are very precise as well."
Gina first visited New Zealand in 2017, when she toured the South Island, from Dunedin to Queenstown to Milford Sound.
She was welcomed by cool temperatures at the end of August. During her travels she noticed the safety and cleanliness of New Zealand. She was able to roam around Dunedin on her own. The people were kind and assisted her when she asked for directions. Those factors made her realise that she wanted to settle in that kind of environment.
Aside from it being a recreational visit, she was in New Zealand to help her sister, who just had her second baby at the time.
She decided she’d like to study at Otago Polytechnic’s Dunedin campus one day to be close to her sister. However, she ended up enrolling at the Auckland campus instead because it offered the programme she was most keen on.
She looks forward to being just a short plane ride away from her sister when Covid restrictions lift.
Published on 18 May 2021
Orderdate: 18 May 2021
Expiry: 18 May 2023