Major: International Studies
Minor: Literature, Sociology
Why did you choose to
embark on higher education?
My high school was very supportive of higher education and as
students we were encouraged to begin looking for courses that suited our
interests before we started VCE. I had multi-disciplinary interests but really
enjoyed reading up on international affairs and social sciences in my spare
time. My pathway to higher education started with me figuring out what I found
interesting and by process of elimination I narrowed my options down to a
combination of what my strengths were and what interested me most. I knew my
interests in social sciences weren’t necessarily specialised so I hoped that
during my university degree I would be able to further explore the industries
related to international studies and social sciences and discover a career
pathway that would best suit me.
What are the best
elements of your university program?
Arts at Monash was my first preference for university
because the course provided the chance to study abroad and offered a wide range
of flexible study areas as part of the three-year course. Now that I am in my
third year, I realise how valuable these extra-curricular opportunities have
been. I was able to study abroad in the UK for a semester during my second year,
intern in my third year and enhance my transferrable and industry-specific
skills by joining societies on campus and participating in further development programs
including international Model United Nations conferences and social enterprise
engagement facilitated by societies at Monash University. These experiences
have complemented my major and minors in international studies and sociology,
helping me develop a broader perspective on the content taught in units.
What have you learnt
that you didn’t expect? Are there any surprises?
During my first year at Monash I didn’t engage with any
external opportunities beyond my degree and club socials. Despite being a
full-time student I was only going into university for my lectures and
tutorials, studying in the library and then going home. However, in my second
year I took a greater interest in societies beyond the social faculty clubs and
since then I’ve involved myself in so many extra-curricular activities that
I’ve become a part-time student. In my first year I didn’t even consider how
clubs could factor into my degree beyond a social element, now I see that the
skills I’m gaining from a variety of programs complements my course with experience
and sets me up for further opportunities. I was surprised how much you learn
when you bring the content you’ve learnt outside of the classroom and into applied
What do you hope your
degree will help you achieve once completed?
I understand that the job market is more competitive than it
has ever been among graduates and hope that a well-rounded experience at Monash
has provided me with a good basis to
explore a broad spectrum of job opportunities. I hope the flexibility of my
degree will also enable me to look beyond Australia into a career overseas.
What advice would you
give to students considering higher education?
My advice would be to do your research and plan for your
degree. Higher education is an investment you’re making in yourself for the
future. While plans can change and you may run into some hurdles, it’s
important to have an idea what you hope to gain from your higher education
experience and where you would like it to lead you.
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