5 minutes with Student Ambassador, Hana Siddiqui

Great to meet you GLPers!

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in International Law and Global Governance with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Human Resources. My future aspiration is to work in the corporate world dealing with learning and development strategies, with a particular focus on cross-cultural impacts.

Hana on Route 66 during a break from working as a summer camp counselor in America, 2015

Hana on Route 66 during a break from working as a summer camp counselor in America, 2015

What’s something we don’t know about you?

I’ve owned 13 different fish and named them all after Harry Potter characters.

You spent 6 months working in the US last year. What would be your advice to anyone thinking of doing some international volunteering?

It’s a pretty daunting idea to leave home and your loved ones for such a long time, but I definitely urge anyone to do it. My advice for someone in this situation is three-fold;

  1. Research the culture and way of life of the country, in particular the best food and where to find it
  2. Set up your Skype account before you leave and do not feel scared to call a loved one when you’re feeling a little lost. No matter the time difference!
  3. Get stuck in and make the most of the friendships, experiences and memories awaiting you!

What sorts of things have you been doing alongside your degree?

I like to keep pretty busy with a mixture of family, friends, work, sport and volunteering. This involves working part time at a childcare centre to keep the bank afloat as well as volunteering for numerous charities including Beyond Blue, Erase Racism and Daffodil Day. I took part in the LEAP Mentoring program where I worked alongside high school students from refugee backgrounds. Additionally, I coach a netball and basketball team as well as playing for my local netball team. Also my strong love for music means you might often seeing me tearing up the dance floor at Ubar!

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Hana with her fellow LEAP (Refugee Mentoring) mentors, 2016

What advice would you give to students who are currently completing the Global Leadership Program? 

It can seem like a lot of work to get done, but just dive right into the deep end as it is definitely worth it. Do not be afraid to sign up for volunteer programs, Foreign Affairs Series and Symposia. Not only will you learn the behind-the-scenes processes of political, diplomatic and human rights practices but you’ll meet some amazing people along the way too. Also enrol in Colloquia which interest you, co-ordinate them with friends for company and do not forget your double shot of coffee for the evening sessions!

Feel free to come and say hi when you see me around and ask me questions about my GLP experience. I am always more than happy for a chat, or just to listen.

What’s your favourite part of the program?

The aspect of self-growth, which has been embedded into the program, by challenging us to step out of our comfort zones through thinking about and discussing the bigger picture. As well as the mix of theoretical and practical skills to equip ourselves for the real world and its challenges.

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Hana outside Parliament House on the GLP Symposium to Canberra earlier this year

What business, person or innovation has been your biggest motivator?

Eleanor Roosevelt, who helped draft the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights as well as dramatically changing the role of First Lady of the United States in the Post-World War Era.

What’s the greatest piece of advice you’ve been given?

My dad’s quote of Lao Tzu; “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

10 years from now… What do you hope to be doing?

I dream of an early retirement, living on a remote Spanish beach keeping up a healthy tan and eating delicious local food…but in reality I hope to be working in the corporate world, sitting on the board of a Human Rights committee and planning my next travel destination.

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Hana at Shenandoah National Park during her time spent working in America, 2015

Where would we find you in your spare time? 

Heading off on a food adventure to try the newest attempt at a Nutella milkshake and halloumi stack or sitting in the sun with a good book.

What’s worse: hearing someone chew gum, or listening to someone tap their pen?

My worst nightmare would be having to listen to both, at the same time with both sounds being slightly out of time with each other!

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The Global Leadership Ambassadors are undergraduate students who actively participate in the GLP and want to share their diversity of experiences and enthusiasm with other students to inspire, motivate and advise them. Keep an eye out for them around campus and at GLP events.

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5 minutes with Student Ambassador, Ivana Stojanovic

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When in Italy, eat as the Italians do! Ivana in Venice during her short-term exchange to Italy, 2015

Ciao GLPers!

I’m a third year student studying Bachelor of Law and International Studies, who has undertaken the GLP for 2 years now, with more to come. My aspirations are to complete my degree alongside volunteering and experiences with a focus on humanitarian aid and international law.  In future I wish to engage in more local volunteer opportunities and also a semester exchange abroad.  

What is your favourite food?

There will never be a day when I don’t crave cheese. I can’t even think of a dish that cheese couldn’t be put on top of.

Tell us about some of your extra-curricular experiences. Any highlights?

For me going on a short-term exchange to Italy was the highlight. It not only gave me independence but taught me life skills and even showed me you can come back skinnier despite how much pizza you ate! For the next few years, I see myself engaging in GLP on a more domestic level with conferences for personal interest, rather than credit, and I’d also like to spend the summer getting involved with the United Nations or the Red Cross.

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Ivana in Venice during her short-term exchange to Italy, 2015

Outside of Uni and the GLP… what do you get up to?

I’m a big fan of netball or going to the gym during the week or sometimes, if it’s a nice day, I’ll go for a run. I also do a side of photography and marketing for my parent’s business back in Canberra, as well as a hospitality job to keep the roof over the head.

What advice would you give to students who are currently completing the Global Leadership Program?

The GLP is a unique activity that Macquarie has created to allow you to explore concepts and do things that your degree would not otherwise provide. You don’t realise how valuable it is to continually expand your studies to international issues, particularly in today’s world where many of us will apply our expertise globally with travel. Take this opportunity to go beyond the textbooks (especially if you’re like me and hate reading).

What’s your favourite part of the program?

It’s very flexible to suit individual interest. For me, being able to go study a language course in Italy was something I couldn’t see myself ever doing until I was motivated and inspired by the program to travel alone and engage in the Italian culture beyond the classroom.

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Ivana zip lining in Makarska, Croatia, 2015

What business, person or innovation has been your biggest motivator?

I believe in gathering a bit of inspiration from every person you come across in your life. However, I am grateful for my family and a few friends who are such hard-working and authentic individuals that constantly push and inspire me to do what I love.

What’s the greatest piece of advice you’ve been given?

For me, my European family have always had a move-on attitude to life even at the most difficult time, migrating to Australia with no valuable belongings. My dad likes to constantly remind me that if you get stuck on money you’ll miss out on living and I believe that’s something even I forget.

What do you want to do when you grow up?

During high school I always told myself I’d be an international lawyer – that’s the dream anyway. I’d really like to see myself somewhere where I can engage in issues of International Humanitarian Law or conflict and feel like I am benefiting someone else as well.

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Ivana’s trip to Dubrovnik, Croatia, 2015

Your philosophy is…

Don’t poke the bear. In other words, avoid asking or doing something that you know will provoke a negative response.

Would you rather have to swim across a 50 metre pool to escape a hungry shark or run across a football field (110 metres) to escape an angry gorilla?

I’ll take the Gorilla, I was always really bad at swimming and didn’t really swim as far as the other kids.

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The Global Leadership Ambassadors are undergraduate students who actively participate in the GLP and want to share their diversity of experiences and enthusiasm with other students to inspire, motivate and advise them. Keep an eye out for them at the O Week stalls (11am – 3pm) in the Central Courtyard this week.

Network, take initiative and find your passion: Final advice from the Session 1 GLP Ambassadors

With O Week just around the corner you are most likely in planning mode for next Session. Perhaps you are madly trying to enrol in the best tutorial time. Maybe you’ve just spent all your savings on colour coordinated stationery. Or maybe you are the first hour into a long layover on your way home from a winter break spent travelling.

The GLP team has spent the last couple of weeks finding four energetic and passionate Ambassadors with a wealth of GLP experiences, including working at a summer camp in America, organising events and field trips for an environmental sciences club, learning Italian at Bologna University, Italy and interning for Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Pakistan. We’ll introduce our new Ambassadors soon but before we do, our Session 1 Ambassadors have a few final tips and tricks to help you get the most out of the Program.

James, Ashley and Yousof at the GLP pop up stall

James, Ashley and Yousof at the GLP pop up stall, Session 1, 2016

James

Diversify your experience and get engaged in something you’ve never tried. I made sure I tried new and exciting experiences, activities I never thought I could do, and things I always counted myself out from.

Talk to other GLP students. I am terribly shy, but it was through taking extra steps to get involved with other GLPers that I’ve made, not only valuable connections, but also top notch mates!

Ask your Ambassadors. We’re students just like you, juggling work, study and everything else, and are always keen to share our experiences with other GLPers.

Learn a language and cross that cultural border. There’s so much to gain from getting into another culture: new ways of thinking, of expressing yourself, of reading, of feeling and experiencing the world, plus the joy of being able to connect with a whole new set of global citizens!

Perri

Did you know only 3 Colloquia are core requirements of the program? Feel free to select electives that align with your interest.

It IS possible to finish the program with less than a year left in your degree! Read Tony’s blog post to find out how he did it!

Did you know that volunteering within your community counts for GLP credit? Ask a GLP Advisor today if your activity is applicable.

Perri, James and Ashley at the Innovative Leaders Series, Session 1, 2016

Perri, James and Ashley at the Innovative Leaders Series, Session 1, 2016

Yousof

GLP is one of the easiest, most accessible ways to meet like-minded and driven people from different faculties. This proves to be good when you are in very structured degrees like Engineering, allowing you to explore different disciplines and meet people from respective faculties. Some of my closest friends at uni today have come from the GLP.

The best way to approach GLP is to structure it steadily in alignment with your degree duration. A lot of students burn out and it’s good idea to attend a couple of Colloquia and volunteer or intern for one organisation per Session. This steady approach ensures you are always maximising your experiences, whilst keeping a healthy balance with other commitments.

As you continue the program, start taking your own initiative to find opportunities. If you can relate it to the GLP requirements, then you can “petition for points” to have it credited and possibly recognised for more students. This is one form of leadership and the best way to learn is to bounce ideas off one another.

Ashley

The feedback surveys are a great way to help GLP staff keep GLP activities relevant & interesting. Be honest in your answers.

And last but not least, connect your passions to your GLP!

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The Global Leadership Ambassadors are undergraduate students who actively participate in the GLP and want to share their diversity of experiences and enthusiasm with other students to inspire, motivate and advise them. Keep an eye out for them at the O Week stalls (11am – 3pm) in the Central Courtyard next week.