"Having a strong interest in Australia’s relationships with nations in the Indo-Pacific region throughout high school, I looked no further than a combined degree in International Security Studies and Pacific Studies.
Pacific studies has given me a variety of opportunities that I would otherwise not have access to. As a part of my degree I have been able to study in Hawai’i with the Pacific Islands Field School. Collaborating with students and world-class professors from the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai’i, the East-West Center and more. Participating in workshops on canoe making, wood-carving, weaving, visual arts, hula, and Micronesian navigation, I engaged with Hawai’i beyond the ‘postcard picture’ that it is often portrayed as.
In my last semester, it is clear that Pacific studies has played a significant role both in my academic and personal career thus far. As a non-Indigenous person studying the Pacific, this degree has challenged my perspectives on past and current events and has forced me to confront tough questions on the politics of knowledge. The interdisciplinary approach to seeing the Pacific ensures the region is viewed in its entirety – whether you are researching issues such as colonialism, World War II, gender, development or current global politics.
Pacific studies has allowed me to diversify my experiences at ANU, and to learn more about the region in which Australia is so connected to. The degree has also helped me confirm a career where I combine my interests in global politics and security."