Jess Smith

Bachelor of Social Sciences

Political Science

Key Info

  • Bachelor of Social Sciences
  • Political Science
  • Michael Caiger Memorial Scholarship

Growing up, Jess Smith moved around a lot, living in Australia, England, China and now New Zealand. It’s not surprising that she developed a passion for international relations, which she is now pursuing through the University of Waikato’s Bachelor of Social Sciences, majoring in Political Science.

Helping her along the way is the Michael Caiger Memorial Scholarship, designed to help arts and social sciences students in their second year of study. Worth up to $5000, the scholarship recognises academic achievement, community involvement and future employment plans.

“The application process was quite simple, so decided to give it a try,” Jess says.

She was one of two successful applicants for 2018, so she receives $2500 to go towards her course fees.

Although she’s only in her second year, Jess is already gaining practical experiences in her industry. She was invited to a Track II diplomacy simulation with Asia New Zealand this year. Jess was one of only a few undergraduate students invited to the simulation, but she enjoyed meeting and working with masters and PHD students, as well as other academics.

“It was a great experience – I loved it,” Jess says. “It was nice to be able to apply the knowledge I’m gaining through my degree to a hands-on situation.”

She credits her success to the lecturers who have gone out of their way to help her succeed.

“All of the political science lecturers at the University are so intelligent and engaging. The course really captivates me because it’s what I’m interested in.”

The experience Jess is already gaining will help her to achieve her ultimate goal of working for the United Nations. She loves the idea of creating global communities, and has dreamed of working for the UN since she was ten years old.

“I love the humanitarian side of things, as well as the political elements. I want to combine these to create a strategy that will help third world countries.”

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