Published on 24 June 2013
The dream of one day running her own magazine led University of the Sunshine Coast student Jasmin Maastricht to travel overseas as part of USC’s Global Opportunities (GO) program.
Jasmin, 21, a third-year Bachelor of Journalism student, said the decision to spend a semester at the University of Mississippi in the United States in 2012 had changed her life.
“Prior to the GO program, I hadn’t been outside Australia on my own. So it was definitely a challenge,” said Jasmin, of Woody Point.
“I thought it would be the best step for me to get international journalism experience, widen my skills and strengthen my long-term career prospects.
“The GO program has provided this and so much more. I made the most of the opportunities available which, as a result, has led to a series of internships and work experience in the media in Australia.”
USC’s GO program enables students to spend up to two semesters overseas while earning credit towards their degrees at more than 70 international partner institutions and organisations, including the Americas, Europe and Asia.
While at Mississippi, Jasmin contributed to the university’s online blogs, campus magazine and newspaper as well as the local newspaper.
Since returning to the Sunshine Coast, she has landed internships with the Sunshine Coast Daily, Caboolture News and several national magazines.
Jasmin also launched an online forum, Her Campus USC (HC USC), a medium designed for USC journalism and media students to publish their works.
It is a subsidiary of a forum which originated at Harvard University and was popular at the University of Mississippi.
Jasmin now has a team of four writers who provide contributions to HC USC.
“It may not be my own magazine, but I launched the HC USC forum earlier this year, making it the first Her Campus version to be launched in Australia,” she said.
“It is now part of a network of more than 200 colleges and universities throughout the US and United Kingdom, which is really exciting.
“I never would have guessed that following my passion for journalism and heading off for a semester overseas would have ever led to this.”
— Jessica Halls