Meet the new kids on the GLP block

Introducing our newest blog contributors
Jessica, Roy, Elizabeth and Nadya

Over the next three years, we’ll be following four new GLP students as they progress through the Program. We’ll be there as they navigate through their studies, GLP and life on campus – when they travel to the far corners of the globe to study abroad, volunteer in their local community, learn a new language and network at a conference.

Our contributors come from Archaeology, Law, Security Studies and Social Science and all share a keen interest in discovering how culture, global awareness and social responsibility contribute to successful leadership.

Follow our contributors as they share their advice, tips and opportunities throughout the GLP. Let’s start by meeting them.

Jessica is studying a Bachelor of Archeology, majoring in Anthropology. She came to Macquarie through our Global Leadership Entry Program (GLEP), an early entry Program for high school students who are leaders in their community. She is an avid reader and lover of all things French, hot chocolate and old movies. She is passionate about the historical stories of people and cultures and sees the GLP as an opportunity to pursue this interest.

I believe it’s important to reflect on where we have come from in order to better progress into the future. An understanding of past events and cultures, along with those of the current day, allow us to reflect on where we are headed as a global society. This ensures we have the ability to change and re-shape our direction if needed.

Roy Barnes at his GLEP Welcome Session 2016

Roy at his Global Leadership Entry Program Orientation

Like Jessica, Roy is also a GLEP student, studying a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Sociology. Roy grew up in Tamworth (yes, the one with the Country Music Festival he acknowledges), over five hours from Sydney. He is adjusting to living out of home at Dunmore Lang College and the change that lack of parents, freedom and city life brings.

I am very passionate about continuously learning and improving myself. To do this I try my best to always be open and to maximise every opportunity that is available to me. This passion has led me to my degree and to GLP. I hope to develop my understanding of the world and my intellectual, cultural and leadership skills through the GLP.

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Elizabeth has just started a double degree in Arts and Law. She sees the GLP as an opportunity to discover something new about herself, whether it be finding a new passion or realising her potential for a certain career. She is looking forward to broadening her intellectual horizons, meeting inspiring people and developing her skills and experiences.

I have found that my passion lies in Arts, whether it be the challenging questions of moral and political philosophy or complex explanations offered by international relations theories, the sociological aspects of the world fascinate me because they aim to explain what it is to be human. Why are we the way we are? Why is the world the way it is? What should the world be like?


Nadya, a lover of cats and sweet food and also a GLEP student, like Jessica and Roy, is struggling (her word!) through a Bachelor of Security Studies and Law. She wasn’t sure the GLP was for her at first, as she feels she has a hard time being outgoing. Now she’s plunged in headfirst, she plans to make the most of it.

I’m a firm believer that if an opportunity is being dangled at you, you should take it without any consideration. And I think the GLP does just that. That’s not to say that the GLP will be like a frolic in a meadow; in fact, it will probably challenge and change you. But not only will the GLP look good on your resume and give you a competitive edge, but you’ll finish it a better and more prepared global citizen.


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