- Year commenced 2016
- Degree(s) Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
Monash Arts/Law double degree student Ryan Attard doesn’t spend all of his time with his head buried in textbooks. In fact, between juggling classes, learning legal frameworks, and uncovering political theories, Ryan has taken on the role of Vice President of the Monash International Affairs Society (MIAS). Since becoming VP of MIAS, Ryan has played host to a slew of diplomats, travelled the world and mentored fellow committee members, all while honing his networking and relationship building skills. Talk about being a great example that studying at Monash isn't just about what you learn in the classroom!
How does studying Arts compliment or even contextualise your Law studies? Why do you think it’s important for lawyers to understand the humanities?
Studying Arts and Law at Monash has helped me to comprehend legal frameworks while also understanding global governance, how countries operate, and the dynamics of diplomatic relationships. As Arts students, we explore the history and theoretical ideology of events, we delve deeper into what actually happened, the timelines, and why it is important. Within the context of Law, we learn about the application and how the law came to be. It’s a fantastic mix.
What do you do in your role as Vice President of the Monash International Affairs Society?
The role is about supporting the society – it’s about checking in and making sure we all work well together as a team. I’ve learnt valuable relationship management skills. MIAS hosts lots of diplomat events. As VP, I am responsible for marketing and event management – but obviously it is a huge team effort! We have hosted the Singaporean High Commissioner, the Russian Ambassador, the British High Commissioner and the Israeli ambassador. We also produce an online publication, PIVOT. I’m so proud of it - there are 15 wonderful writers on the team, and together we have produced over 100 articles. I love that MIAS and PIVOT are both a-political. We aim to create a safe space where everyone can have an opinion.
Why do you think it’s a great idea for students to get involved in clubs and societies? How has MIAS enhanced your uni experience?
Having something else to do on campus has been amazing. It’s important to have a break from studying – clubs and societies are great for that. MIAS has improved my teamwork and leadership skills. Besides gaining practical skills, I’ve also been able to travel internationally. It’s brought me out of my shell - I’m more willing to try different things and take more risks. I understand who I am as a person a lot more.
You’re clearly a very ambitious student – what’s your ultimate career goal?
I would love to go into diplomacy and live internationally. I wouldn’t say no to a career in politics. I want to make change in this world, to change how we see each other and how the world works together. I am interested in constitutional law and currently work in family law. All in all, I want to use my Arts/Law degree to fix issues and people in a positive way.I can’t wait to see how the world changes, and see what future problems will need to be solved. When they arise - I’ll be there.