She opens up about Italian wine culture, self-improvement, and why she stopped planning
Francesca Pujatti is a 21 year old Masters of International Business student from Venice, Italy. She completed her undergraduate degree in Business Administration, majoring in Economics and Management from Ca' Foscari University in Venice, Italy.
"I will embrace the best opportunities I am presented"
Q: What one word describes you best?
Q: Is there a philosophy that describes your outlook on life? How did you come to that philosophy?
A: Be the best version of yourself. This phrase is quite popular but sometimes it is applied considering “yourself” as given, as a status quo. I rather interpret this philosophy as a challenge and as a process of self-improvement in different aspects of my life.
What do you want to get out of Melbourne University by the time you’ve finished your degree?
A: Beyond having Melbourne University and MBS on my CV under the education section, I expect that the Master I am pursuing will equip me with the knowledge and networks required to do my part in this world. I also expect to complete my degree with a different perspective on things compared to when I started, not just simply by the fact of living upside down.
"I expect to complete my degree with a different perspective on things compared to when I started."
What is the biggest adjustment you had to make when you came to Melbourne?
A: Being Italian I am still struggling to accept the fact that coffee costs $4 and pizzas are $22 at least. The biggest adjustments I had to make are therefore related to my eating habits. God, I miss my Nonna.
Who is a person you’ve met recently who inspired you?
A: During the MBS Scholarship Welcome Ceremony I had the chance to meet a fellow student, Aishwarya Kansakar. Listening to what she has accomplished and seeing the drive and passion she puts in the causes she believes in, has really inspired me to do not limit myself and “have the mindset of a child who does not see the complicate aspects of the world”, as she said.
What’s a phrase, saying, or quote you like from your native country (in your native language) and why is it important to you?
A: “In vino veritas” means “in wine, truth” and it is a latin phrase rather than an Italian one. I am currently answering to this interview while sipping to a glass of Shiraz from South Australia to disclose myself the fullest. This phrase is also important to me because I believe that drinking wine in the company of new and old friends is the best way to socialise and cultivate relationships.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Work, location, etc…
A: I don’t have a clear idea of my future at the moment and I have realised that things never go by plan, so I stopped planning. I will embrace the best opportunities I will be presented, possibly in the food and beverage industry. Q: What does your family & friends expect from you?
A: They expect me to dedicate time to them and support them when they need it. Both these things are very hard to do living far away and sometimes I feel I am letting them down while pursuing my academic goals. In the future I hope I will be able to compensate my absence.
Q: What do you expect from yourself?
A: I expect to be able to achieve the goals I set for myself and keep raising the bar.
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