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.

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