A passion for International Relations (IR) and a thoughtful conversation with her older sister were enough to decide that the Bachelor of International Security Studies (BINSS) and the Bachelor of Asian Studies (BAS) were the flawless options for Dana’s next steps.
“My sister mentioned that International Security was the ‘cool new brother’ to IR. Security appealed to my interest in learning about the transnational issues that our world faces. Asian Studies was the perfect pair to Security because it allowed me to study another language without doing linguistics and, thankfully, it turned out to be a very strategic choice!”
Dana successfully completed her flexible double degree in Bachelor in International Security Studies and the Bachelor of Asian Studies. Next year she is planning to undertake an Honours in International Security, looking into Indonesia’s deradicalisation framework for jihadist women. “I’m looking forward to being back on campus and enjoying the last year of student life at ANU with all the student clubs and societies. I also will be an Education Officer at the College of Asia and the Pacific’s Student Centre (CAPSS)”.
If she has to name a favourite course among the two programs, she chooses ‘Australia and Security in the Pacific’ from her BINSS program. Dana highlights that the course is very different from some of the more conventional security subjects. “Because the course focuses on the Pacific, it was awesome to learn more about the region and the increasingly important non-traditional security sectors such as gender security and environmental security”.
Additionally, she loved the course because it had an interactive learning component. She had to do an on-going crisis simulation where students formed groups and played the parts of different key actors.
Through her degree, she had various marvellous experiences. She had the honour of going to Indonesia for a year as a New Colombo Plan Scholar (NCP) where she studied two semesters at different universities, and conducted field research for the first time and wrote a thesis in Bahasa Indonesia.
Furthermore, she interned at the Indonesian NGO Council in Jakarta for two months and at Mitra Wacana, a grassroots NGO in Yogyakarta, for 3 months. Lastly, she travelled around East and Southeast Asia, attended conferences, and represented Australia at three forums in Thailand and Indonesia. Fascinating!
To complement her incredible journey at ANU, her double degree allowed her to study Indonesian as a major language and German as a minor. “It is something I would not have been able to do outside of a languages degree. I also went on exchange to Indonesia for a year which was invaluable to my language skills”.
“I’m still not sure what comes in the future, but I want to work in the security sector, with a focus on gender security and how gender can affect larger transnational and national threats”.
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