In August 2018, I was selected and sponsored by QUT to attend the 9th University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS) in Bangkok, Thailand. Overall, this was a thoroughly enriching experience – a personal highlight was the Community Service Day. I was given the opportunity to partner with the Sikkha Asia Foundation and act as a “big sister” by spending time with youth from the slum community. On this day we visited Bangkok’s oldest animal kingdom – Dusit Zoo. Together, we laughed and connected – providing hope for the youth that is living amidst poverty.