Salonie always had a keen interest in social justice. To work in the sector, she felt she needed to understand the world, which decisions shape it and how those decisions come about.
Her undergrad in Economics (Honours) in Delhi, India helped her to expand her awareness. “To grasp the whole picture, I realised I needed to understand the politics of the global order which is why I decided to pursue the Master of International Relations (MIR). I chose ANU as it was highly ranked among global universities”.
Let’s talk about opportunities. In her first semester, Salonie received a sponsor from the Coral Bell School to attend the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) national conference in Canberra. “I additionally did an internship with The Settlement Council, the national peak body that oversees Australia’s settlement sector, which was a great opportunity to put my research skills into practice”.
Salonie’s favourite course of the MIR is ‘Ethics of War and Peace’ taught by Luke Glanville. “I loved everything about the course, the syllabus, the way Luke taught it, and most of all the amazing discussions we had. We talked about an array of fascinating topics including morality of war of putting civilians’ lives in danger for the state. I enjoyed the intellectually stimulating environment that forced me to think, to form an opinion and then defend it in front of a large group”.
Salonie has learnt new skills in every part of her life. Living away from home for the first time taught her how to live independently. The university improved her research skills and expanded her understanding of the world in interacting with people from all over the globe with diverse life journeys.
“In volunteering and working part-time with different organisations and NGOs, I explored the social sector of Australia which gave me a deeper understanding of Australian culture. In doing all this, I learnt the valuable skill of time management”.
Salonie enjoyed the student experience. “Studying a Master is not just about attending classes, seminars and doing assignments. I was able to do so much more – work casually, do an internship, and travel to new places with friends”.
Salonie is grateful for finding her dream job as a campaigner with Change.org in Australia right after graduation. “I love working for Change.org because I get to work for social justice uniquely. I help bridge the gap that inevitably arises in democracies between what citizens want and what the government is doing. I love my job where I get to support citizens to become leaders in their communities. I do this with a fantastic team of caring, passionate and brilliant people”.
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