She tells us about her journey to Melbourne, a desire to lead, and how to make the most of every day
Sarah Katz is a 25 year old Masters of International Business student from Westerheim, Germany. She completed her undergraduate degree in business administration/international management from Cooperative State University Baden Wurttemberg in Germany.
"Travelling helps to define and distinguish your own cultural background"
Q: What is an activity you like to do to free your mind?
A: I enjoy cooking and eating – there’s nothing better than food during busy times, especially when it’s shared with friends and family!
Q: What’s a place you have travelled that changed your perspective?
A: The list is long, but I did a high-school exchange year in the US (Kansas) when I was 15. This time away from home allowed me to learn so much about myself and prepared me for all my other adventures across the globe. Travelling helps to define and distinguish your own cultural background. Once you are aware of what you view as “normal” or “standard” you can truly change perspective.
Q: Why did you choose Australia for a masters degree?
A: It might sound cheesy, but the number one reason was love! My partner is Australian and after years of long distance, he spent a year in Germany with me. Now it is my turn to discover this beautiful country. We are here to make Melbourne our home.
Q: What do you want to get out of UniMelb by the time you’ve finished your degree? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Work, location, etc…
A: I’m proud to be able to list Melbourne University on my CV but there is more to it than a reputable name. It is about the lessons for life I take away. I think Uni Melb teaches more than dry theory; It helps me grow as a person, identify my skills, and shape my personal brand. I hope that in 5 years I will be passionate about a job where I am pushed beyond my boundaries and can inspire others. Given my previous work experience and this international Masters’ degree, I envision myself leading a diverse team of individuals where I can apply what University and life across the world has taught me.
Q: What is the biggest adjustment you had to make when you came to Melbourne?
A: The biggest adjustment would be the distance from friends and family. This is especially hard with family members that don’t normally use whatsapp or facetime. Driving home for the weekend to have a weekend breakfast with my family is something I miss. Now I occasionally join the breakfast table through skype.
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"I try to remind myself to live in the day and identify and pursue the things that matter most to me"
Q: Who is a person you’ve met recently who inspired you?
A: Recently I had a lecturer who, whenever someone said something in class, would explicitly thank for the contribution. I think it’s a nice way to motivate even those that normally would be hesitant to speak in public. It inspired me to be more encouraging and appreciative towards others, even when pressure on time and quality can trick me into overseeing such little gestures.
Q: 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: “Nix gschwätzt isch globt gnug“ - This is a Swabian-German saying which basically translates to “Not saying anything is enough of an acknowledgement”. It implies that people are likely to complain but won’t point out when something was done well. I can’t exactly say I like the saying or am proud of the fact that this is a typical trait of us Swabians. Instead I use it as a reminder to show appreciation and be less of a grumpy cat.
Q: What does your family & friends expect from you?
A: I am very blessed with my family and know that even though I have made the decision to move to the other side of the world, they are always there to support me. The one thing they would expect from me is to be happy and share this happiness. The same goes for true friends.
Q: What do you expect from yourself?
A: I expect from myself to live with urgency. Simply put, I always try to remind myself to live in the day and identify and pursue the things that matter most to me; whether it is my relationships with others, my studies or my career. It can be challenging, but it is necessary to keep up with the one life we have to spare.
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