It took me a lot of wrong turns to find International Development, but I am so glad I did. I was never someone who could study something I wasn’t truly passionate about, but after a few years of travelling in Asia and Central and South America and volunteering - from a water, health and sanitation programme in Nicaragua where I lived in an isolated community for three months, to a women’s empowerment project in Peru, where I’d hike to lakes and mountains on the weekends - I realised that I was ready to come back to academia. Now I study at the University of Sussex, in the beautiful town of Brighton! I co-run Sussex Student Action for Refugees; a national charity of over 27,000 students, who campaign, volunteer and raise awareness to welcome refugees to the UK. This year, we campaigned on Equal Access to get scholarships for refugees at universities, volunteered at English conversation classes for migrants and saw a huge milestone; the passing of the Family Reunion Bill to its second reading in Parliament, after a year long campaign with MPs, Oxfam, Amnesty and others. We were honoured to be voted the Best University Act in the 2018 Hero Awards, as part of the ‘One Billion Acts of Peace’ Campaign! I have since been interning in Beijing with an NGO called Migrant Children’s Foundation, and I am now getting work experience at WISE Development, working in the areas of gender equal and inclusive organisational change and sexual violence in conflict zones. This will hopefully help me to pursue my Masters degree in Gender, Violence and Conflict. I love what I do because of the people I get to meet and the places I get to experience, all while working on things I truly care about!