Helen Sneha Jambunathan
Best Graduate Award: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – April 2015
Best Student Award: Bachelor of Arts – April 2014
Dean’s Recognition Award – January 2014, August 2013, January 2013, August 2012, January 2012, August 2011
1. Full name / Age / Nationality.
Helen Sneha Jambunathan / 23 years old / Malaysian
2. Where are you working / studying presently, and describe your general work scope.
I currently work as a Sessional Tutor with the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Monash University Malaysia, teaching world history and politics to undergraduates – so far it has been equal parts challenging and fulfilling. I am also employed as a research assistant, which allows me to stay in touch with contemporary social issues related to my fields of study.
3. Why did you choose to study at Monash University Malaysia?
Monash University Malaysia was by far the best option in the country for me – it guaranteed a global passport and a world-class education, all right at my doorstep. The Arts and Social Sciences programs also nurtured the development of critical thinking skills, which will serve me well in any industry.
4. Describe your study experience at Monash University Malaysia.
During my time at Monash I was fortunate enough to travel on study trips to Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines, to study the cultures and people there. In addition, I was able to broaden my creative horizons by producing creative content such as radio documentaries and magazine articles.
As an undergraduate, I completed an internship at Voice of the Children, a local civil society organisation, as part of a credited unit. This allowed me the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, as well as apply the skills of the classroom to real-life situations. It also allowed me to network and engage with wider communities, while giving back to society.
University broadened my horizons in a way I had never imagined possible, and this reaffirmed my decision to pursue the social sciences in all their complexity.
5. What qualities did you acquire during your studies at Monash University Malaysia that were beneficial to you in the working world?
Doing my degrees at Monash provided me with a world-class education, international exposure, and hands-on experience relating to my field of study. Through these, I developed research and management skills that helped me transition smoothly into the working world.
6. What single experience from your time at Monash stands out?
My student life at Monash was rich and vibrant, providing me with opportunities for travel, creative ventures, and social growth. The guidance and levels of engagement I received from staff were also truly exceptional.
7. Where are you headed to in the future?
Over the duration of my study at Monash, it slowly became clear to me that I wanted to pursue research and academia as a career. This was partly due to the nature of the education I received from day one – by pushing our boundaries, lecturers instilled in us the qualities of curious and critical thinking, and showed us there was always more to learn and discover.