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The Sydney Olympic Games inspired Crawford School Ecuadorian student Diana Teran Molina to make her dream of visiting Australia come true.
Teran said she always wanted to study at The Australian National University and when she learnt more about Australia she decided to turn her dream into reality.
“ANU is well known internationally as one of the best universities in the world and I wanted to study environmental management at Crawford School.
“I fell in love with Australia after seeing the 2000 Olympic Games, which were held in Sydney, and I promised myself that one day I would come to Australia. Finally my dream came true,” she said.
In her home country Teran is a lecturer at the Catholic University of Guayaquil.
She’s studying a double degree masters and has just finished her masters in Environmental Management in Crawford School’s Resources, Environment and Development Group program. Next year she will begin a Master of Diplomacy.
Teran said the option to study a double degree masters at Crawford has given her a broader insight in her chosen field that will allow her to effectively deal with complex issues.
“The opportunity to study the diplomacy masters is very important for people who want to have an international career because you learn about your main subject and how to deal with the dilemmas that happen between nations in a global context.
“Lecturers encourage us to be involved in research and give really good advice to develop critical thinking and Crawford staff offer students the support and tools necessary to have a global and enriched learning,” she said
So what message would Diana have for other Latin American students wanting to study abroad?
“Come and enjoy the Crawford experience! There’s a wide range of study options, the living experience is amazing and you can exchange culture and knowledge with others.
“There are also many guest lecturers and speakers from around the world. It’s very motivating and inspiring,” she said.
Story by Amelia Bidgood.