Double Down on Education: Student Silvia Palazzini
Silvia Palazzini is a double major in International Business and International Affairs, from Rome, Italy. As the treasurer of the MUN (Model United Nations) club, and secretary to the Marketing club, Silvia is a proactive member of the JCU community. She has studied Chinese since high school and spent a semester studying abroad in London.
What brought you to JCU?
I attended an Italian high school with a unique, international curriculum. In addition to taking courses taught in English and Italian, I had the opportunity to study Chinese language and culture. I also studied in China every summer. I chose JCU because its international environment was the right place for me to continue exploring the world.
I was also extremely excited about the possibility of personalizing my academic path, choosing the two subjects I am most passionate about – International Business and International Affairs. JCU recognized my efforts in terms of academic merit, determination, and extra-curricular activities by awarding me the Global Explorer Scholarship; a full scholarship for my time at the university.
Tell us a bit about your time at King’s College.
Last semester, I had the opportunity to study at King’s College, London as an independent study abroad student. London, one of the world’s most important business centers, is a dynamic and versatile city where different cultures mix. Moreover, I chose King’s College since it is one of the best universities in the world. At the same time, my choice was influenced by the opportunity to enrich my studies by taking courses not offered at JCU and to expand my horizons with a different academic system and environment.
Undoubtedly, this was a challenging and formative experience. I took a leap of faith: I didn’t know anybody at King’s College, I had to live alone, and face a completely different way of life. Despite the initial challenges, I soon adapted to the London lifestyle and made the best of my experience at King’s College. My decision to study in London allowed me to meet new friends, taught me how to be more independent, and helped me get to know myself a bit better.
What are your plans for the future?
I hope to continue traveling, discover new cultures, and work in a stimulating international environment. I would like to pursue a Master’s Degree in the U.K. in a subject that combines my International Affairs and International Business majors, but I still need to find a program that fits me.
Can you tell us a bit about your experience working with clubs at JCU?
I served as the Treasurer of the MUN Society during my sophomore year, and I am currently the Secretary of the Marketing Club. Being a board member of any club allows you to experience JCU from a different perspective while learning new skills, which will be important for any future working experience. For instance, as the Treasurer, I had to manage the club’s budget and liaise between the club, the JCU Clubs and Activities Office, and the Finance Office. At the same time, I challenged myself by organizing the members’ participation in the Stockholm MUN last year by taking care of every detail – accommodation, transportation, and budget expenditures.
I am extremely grateful, for the opportunity to have such an important role within the JCU community. My experience with clubs helps me apply class knowledge, strengthen my skills, and learn new ones while feeling part of a family.
What is your advice to other students who are considering JCU?
Don’t be afraid of starting a new chapter of your life at JCU! Here you will find a second (international) family that will teach you a lot – both from an academic and personal point of view. Try to make your college years special and unforgettable by getting involved in clubs, student activities, work experiences, and finding your passion! Also, based on my personal experience, don’t be scared to ask for help, or share your doubts and fears. Talk to friends, senior students, professors or staff members at the university – everyone at JCU will be eager to help you. And last but not least, don’t forget to follow your dreams and ambitions by pushing your limits, while having fun!