SUSTAINABLE ECONOMICS.

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Cleo. BUSINESS.

Tell us about your commerce aspirations.

Whatever career path I go down, I want to work with a sustainable mindset. Capitalism is very controversial. It’s created amazing things and improved our standard of living, but it’s also been terrible for the environment. I’m really interested in the idea of sustainability within economics. I want to make sure the environment is a stakeholder in every single business’s operations.

What’s the favourite part of your studies?

My lecturers. They’ve done so much to get where they are. They’ve done years of study, written theses and journal articles – and yet all they want to do is give their knowledge to us. You can really tell that they’re there to help you grow, so you can be the best person you can be and help the world in a significant way.

Tell us about your involvement in Thursdays in Black.

It's a tertiary organisation that’s about moving away from violence and promoting consent culture. I've been treasurer for the last two years. Our events range from educational to social. We promote body positivity, link ourselves to equality in all aspects and foster a sex positive culture. I definitely feel like we've made a lot of progress and it will grow into something bigger as the years go by.

What makes UC different to other universities?

The first thing would be its focus on students and the club culture. It creates such a connection between students and each other, as well as students and the uni. The UCSA is really strong and provides great oversight to make sure each club is achieving the outcome it’s aiming for.

"I knew I was interested in economics, but being able to learn it from a whole new perspective and with greater depth has allowed that passion to blossom. I've also discovered that my voice is heard."

And the second thing?

UC is doing an amazing job of making the campus flourish into a beautiful place to study, learn and thrive. There are all these amazing new buildings and I would describe the campus as a small metropolis with a huge amount of greenery as well.

What have you learned about yourself at UC that you didn't know before?

I've discovered new passions. I knew I was interested in economics, but being able to learn it from a whole new perspective and with greater depth has allowed that passion to blossom. I've also discovered that my voice is heard. At UC, student voices are listened to and they actually care what we have to say.

Any advice for newcomers?

Get immersed in the whole culture. Clubs, sports, events and facilities… make use of the green spaces and buildings. Don't just come to UC to go to class, come to UC to live!