Give a brief overview of who you are and what you are studying at the Alliance?
I completed a double Masters of Arts (MA) in Journalism, Politics and International Studies (specialising in International Security) through the Monash Warwick Alliance. My dissertation investigated the influence of the media in the securitisation of drugs and addiction. My diverse academic background includes undergraduate studies in medical science and anthropology, in addition to research in infectious diseases. I am currently studying the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree at the University of Sydney.
What was your involvement with the Alliance?
I am an advocate of engaging with a breadth of academic studies. The double degree gave me the opportunity to pursue further education in two disparate fields. The international aspect allowed me to develop a lens through which to view the world in a critical and discerning manner, drawing upon my interests in journalism, politics and medicine.
What did you learn from this experience?
I adored my time at Monash and Warwick. I had no prior experience in either field and encountered a steep learning curve, although the exemplary teaching quality and supportive tutors helped me to navigate new concepts and ultimately thrive. I received the PAIS Double Degree Scholarship from Warwick, which made the transition easier and enabled me to focus on my studies and cocurricular activities. I met wonderful people and was involved with university clubs – discovering a new passion in ice skating. While at Warwick I was accepted into the United Nations’ Graduate Study Programme in Geneva which helped me to synthesise my disparate interests in the context of global health policy. I would not have been able to pursue this opportunity if I had not moved to the UK for my studies.
What are your future plans?
The first-class education I received has shaped the way I view the world. The double degree galvanised my passion to elicit change pertaining to health security, justice and equality. I plan to pursue a career in health policy and advocacy, with interests in post-conflict reconstruction and the health implications of war, denuclearisation and disarmament. I am infinitely grateful to have had the opportunity to study the double degree programme at Monash and Warwick.
What advice would you offer other students thinking about getting involved with the Alliance?
Studying through the Monash Warwick Alliance was one of the best experiences of my life. I would advise any student interested in expanding their breadth of knowledge to pursue an international degree. My memories of studying with Monash and Warwick are joyous; I met lifelong friends with whom I am still in contact (even though they are now scattered around the globe doing incredible things!). I cannot stress how positive and formative the experience was for me – if you are interested, definitely get involved!