” I think it’s important to “think global, act local” and to promote awareness of activities in your own community. These small steps help to save the planet.”
2nd year Specialism: Hamburg
Alison Haywood is an internationally published journalist. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Communication and German from Pacific Lutheran University and has done internships with major daily newspapers in Germany and the U.S. She loves to travel and chose this program because she hopes to live and work as a journalist in Europe someday.
My impression of my first Mundus meeting
One of the strangest things about being in a room with students from all over the world is that it makes you really conscious about what you say during class discussions. For instance, during one discussion, we talked about Chinas rising as a “threat” and what the rest of the world needed to “do about it.” This was very awkward knowing there were Chinese students in the room.
My biggest fear / concern before coming to Aarhus
I was nervous about the workload of a graduate program. I’d heard horror stories from grad students about never having any free time and constantly writing papers. So far however the work has been fairly manageable.
This is the most relevant issue in the world agenda according to me
Caring for the planet is the biggest issue in the world agenda. Creating and enforcing international environmental protection laws is going to take some unprecedented global cooperation. Here, journalism can be used as a form of activism to raise awareness and encourage action. I think it’s important to “think global, act local” and to promote awareness of activities in your own community. These small steps help to save the planet.
The piece of my home country that I’ve brought with myself
I think the books I brought with me are the most important things I brought from America. Books are heavy and take up a lot of space and weight in your suitcase, so I had to be very picky about what I packed. I brought Game of Thrones, a textbook on media law, dictionaries, and the Associated Press Stylebook.