Lakmini Wijesinghe

She studied PPE at LMH.

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Class of Spectra 2016: Tash Miah

What does graduation mean to you?

Achieving my lifelong dream of studying at Oxford, and overcoming all the hurdles that doing a degree here entails.

What is the trajectory you see for yourself?

Onwards and upwards, hopefully!

What impact has university had on you?

It has galvanised my views and strengthened me in my convictions that I can achieve whatever I put my mind to.

Which are your most potent memories of university?

Doing all-nighters to finish essays and months of misery doing my dissertation and extended essay! But these are balanced out by the many beautiful moments I’ve had bonding with others, making new friends, and appreciating the beauty of Oxford as a city.

What gives you impetus?

Faith, friends and family are my bedrock of support and reflect the morals and values I live by on a daily basis.

 

Class of Spectra 2016: Amrita Dasgupta

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What does graduation mean to you?

Graduating signifies the beginning next chapter of my life. It is also a symbolic ending to the last four years of my life.

What is the trajectory you see for yourself?

I will be starting at Deloitte in Singapore in September and hope to pursue an MBA in a couple of years.

What impact has university had on you?

The past four years at university has helped me develop and mature as an individual. Furthermore, it has allowed me to develop life skills to deal with challenging situations whether it be working in a team to achieve a common goal or completing assignments before deadlines.

Which are your most potent memories of university?

My most potent memories range from handing in my 8000 word thesis to organising a ball with a team of fellow students. Perhaps the common theme running through all of them is the fact that I achieved something significant, in my perspective and each of those achievements has allowed me to develop valuable skills.

What gives you impetus?

I am motivated by challenging situations which require dedication and handwork.

Class of Spectra 2016: Marie-Therese Alexis Png

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What does graduation mean to you?

It is the culmination of all the hard work myself, my family and everyone who supported me.

What is the trajectory you see for yourself?

I will be starting my graduate studies in the US and then China, followed by academia or policy-making at the intersection of neuroscience and culture.

What impact has university had on you?

I have unlearnt a lot, learnt to understand power structures, overcome adversity. My network of friends have deepened my compassion and ability to critique any information handed to me.

Which are your most potent memories of university?

They are mainly centred around conversations with academics and now life-long friends.

What gives you impetus?

The knowledge that I am going to be able to support my loved ones and contribute to the reduction of ignorance and insecurity.

Class of Spectra 2016: Asta DiabatΓ©

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What does graduation mean to you?

It means an end of an era and the beginning of a new one. It means the realization of something that I have dreamt of doing – going to university – since I was 5. It is an achievement not only for myself but for a family. It is the result of my efforts combined with the faith and support I have gotten from the people around me.

What is the trajectory you see for yourself?

Success, a family of my own perhaps? I don’t know. I realized not too long ago that you can only plan so much. Life has always a way to change and mess up the plans that you have. If you asked me last December what trajectory I see for myself I would have described events and plans vastly different from the ones I have now. For the moment I know I’ll be starting an internship in Seoul in August that could turn into a full time job; and I know I have to work and make SPECTRA the best it can be.

What impact has university had on you?

I entered university as a color-blind convicted conservative with no understanding of race, gender, or anything really. I grew up sheltered and somehow privileged despite my working-class parents. Now I leave university as a convicted feminist, still centre-right but no longer affiliated with any party, and proud to call myself Afro-Italian. University has opened up my mind to a whole world out there and none of this would have been possible without the random conversations I had with friends, or with random strangers, or simply without listening to what other people had to say.

Which are your most potent memories of university?

Having conversations switch from the most mundane of topics to the most academically rigorous topic in a few seconds. Performing my poem at an exhibition on sexual violence that I had helped organize for the It Happens Here campaign. Feeling drained and amazing after handing in my 12,000 words thesis on American presidential elections. I could go on forever. I guess the running thread of my most potent memories is the fact that I was being challenged, I was bettering myself and I was growing.

What gives you impetus?

My family. I jokingly tell my parents that I have won the birth lottery. My parents are my inspirations, and so are my grandmother who is sadly no longer with us. They didn’t have the chance of an education. So I’m doing this for them as well as me.