During my time as a GLP Student Representative I had the privilege of speaking with Dr Sabine Krajewski from the Macquarie department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies. She also convenes the GLP colloquia, Cross Cultural Understanding and Taboo – The Consequences of Tasting Forbidden Fruit.
Sabine’s research considers the field of intercultural communication with particular focus on taboo in intercultural contexts. Sabine was born in Salzgitter in Germany, but her heart belongs to Berlin where she moved as a student and made friends for life.
She started her academic journey at a university in the East End of London, England, where she became an interculturalist when she was working with students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. She was confronted with her own stereotypes about what English people and their cats look like and learnt from her own mistakes.
Sabine at the Office for Learning & Teaching awards ceremony
My GLP experience so far has been very rewarding, an immense learning experience that has helped me shape my identity and grow from my experiences. I’ve learnt valuable skills from the Innovative Leader Series and and colloquia. My Experiential Credit activities have given me new perspectives and an appreciation in considering different sides of a story.
When I first started in the Program, I heard how people undertook the GLP to complement their degree. However, I always made sure that my academic studies and GLP activities were separate. I believe that there is little benefit in doing extra-curricular activities that only focus on one experience. This is why, as a science student, I didn’t do a single science activity for my GLP (sort of…I did take an online course in climate change).
Ali on his first day at Macquarie
At our inaugural Innovative Leaders Series event last year, modern day wizard-rogue and leadership adviser, Dr Jason Fox gave GLPers some advice – choose a word to guide your year, a ‘fuzzy beacon to pull you back on track and stay true to your intention’.
Our word for 2016 was catalyst, this year we decided on;
vision / ˈvɪʒn
the ability to think about or plan the future with great imagination and intelligence
the act or power of seeing
Oxford Dictionary & Merriam-Webster Dictionary
We want GLP to give you new ways of seeing, and the imagination and knowledge to dream up a vision for your future and the future of our global planet. It is our hope the Program will provide you with the skills, knowledge and tools to act on that vision.
When choosing our word of the year we were mindful that, in the words of Dr. Fox, ‘It might be tempting to default to something convenient. Words like success, love, and growth. Now, these words are nice — but nice ain’t going to cut it. Your One Word needs to live with you through the year. It needs to be distinct.’
We agree nice won’t cut it. So whether its ethical fashion, access to clean water or sustainable design, we have each chosen a vision for the year and we will make sure we act on it.