Jasmin GrossInternational Officer
Hey, my name is Jasmin Gross, I am an international student from Germany and a first year PhD candidate at Griffith University (Nathan). Growing up I never saw myself as a traveller but that is exactly what I have been doing for the past decade. I started my life overseas with a gap year in the USA, followed by a BSc Marine Biology in Australia. Being from central Europe, Townsville quickly became too small and isolated for me, which is why I went on two study abroad semesters, one in Florida, USA and one in Scotland. After that I completed half my MSc Marine Biology in Germany and the other half as a Fulbright scholar in Alaska, USA. During the search for a great PhD, I worked two seasons in Iceland with whales before coming to Griffith this February. My PhD topic “The impact of climate change on humpback whales” relates to two of the things that are important to me- number 1: whales- love them and am happiest when I am out on the water studying them J, number 2: our environment and how we can decrease our impact on this beautiful place Earth, we all call home.
As a more or less constant international student, I have experienced a lot of the ups and downs that living overseas can bring, and I made it my mission here at Griffith to get the best out of this experience of studying abroad for everyone. So please come and talk to me when you see me around campus, message me through the GUPSA page or drop by any time if you have ideas, suggestions and concerns or simply if you need someone to listen. Looking forward to meeting a lot of you and work together to make Griffith an even better place for people from all over the world. I leave you with one of my favourite travel quotes: One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things(Henry Miller).