Oh Denmark. Where do I even begin…
As I sit on the plane making my (long) journey home to Australia, I can’t help but think how incredible the last five weeks have been. Over July and into August 2017, I was lucky enough to go on exchange to the beautiful city of Aarhus (pronounced or-hus), attending the Aarhus University Summer University, to study Sports Marketing and Sponsorship.
Where do I start? Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS) based for the first time at the United Nations (UN) Building in Bangkok, Thailand. This event has definitely been life-changing to say the least. I had the opportunity to represent QUT and Australia, interacting with 902 delegates from over 72 countries.
For some students graduation is a day of celebration that all the sleepless nights, social and financial sacrifices and early lectures are all over, but for me, it was so much bigger than that.
Well, what can I say? The past eight weeks have totally flown by, and looking back on my experience I have come to appreciate how valuable it has been not only to my education, but also to my professional and personal development. The Hansard Scholars’ Programme did indeed provide me with a very in-depth immersion into British Politics, and real world industry experience as a Parliamentary Intern. I was also very lucky to be in the United Kingdom at such a unique and mesmerising time, for the 2017 General Election, following last year’s referendum to leave the European Union. The program was jam-packed with classes, the internship placement, guest lectures, political campaigning, tours and events, a study trip, assignments and an exam. This is of course in addition to the usual sightseeing and experiences necessary when living in London.
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Well, the past fortnight has absolutely flown by as I continue to own the experience of being a Hansard Scholar here in London. My schedule has been jam-packed as I continue to work as a parliamentary intern, attend classes, complete assignments, study and live up the London lifestyle. Yes – that does sound like a lot of juggling, and it is! But I wouldn’t have it any other way. It is difficult to believe that I have now finished my last full week in London, with only days to go before I finish on Friday.
It’s been another exciting week to mark the end of Week 5 of the Hansard Scholars Programme. Monday saw myself and my fellow scholars commence our parliamentary internships following the general election held a few weeks back. I was pleased to commence my internship with Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, who serves as the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and Member of Parliament for Bromsgrove in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. My position sees me work in Mr Sajid’s Westminster office, which assists him in his role as the Member for Bromsgrove.
Scrolling idly through the Real World Placement website one January afternoon, I was not expecting to see many positions available. Given the time of year, this was understandable, but I searched in hope of an eye-catching opportunity. Thankfully, fortune was on my side when the position of Channel Nine Publicity Intern was being offered. It sent me into a state of sheer excitement. As a Public Relations student, the chance to gain experience in a large media organisation was an ambition of mine, so I was going to give this everything.
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