Griffith Collective: Maria Mansi
Name: Maria Mansi
What do you do at Griffith?
I study law and International Business
Why did you choose to come to university?
I don’t really know if I made a choice to come here, I think it was just something that happened naturally, I finished high school and that just seemed the way to go, family pressures.
What’s your story? Where did you come from and how did you get to where you are now?
Well both my parents have always been high achievers, for my mum I think it was really important for me to get an education, an academic education. Otherwise I was going to pursue a career in dance. I think because mums career in dance didn’t quite work out and she went to university and has become successful because of that, she wanted the best out of me because of that.
I come from a good family, and everyone loves me! I don’t particularly have a family around me who have all been to university so that sometimes makes it a little bit difficult for them to really understand where I am coming from, especially dealing with stress or anything like that. But I think they all idolise me a little bit, because I am the only one… on my dads side anyway, I am the only child so far in this generation to go through to university. But it’s a lot of pressure.
You have a day off to do anything you like, take me through your ideal day, from morning through to night?
Well if I’m taking a day off it’s usually to let of some steam. Generally, I think the student life; it’s quite relaxing if you want to make it relaxing. We do live in a beautiful city, you can have those mornings off, but if I had the entire day off… I would probably be getting ready for some daytime festival. I really like music, that’s my method to let off steam when I need to, probably followed by another party, followed by another party.
Sounds like fun!
What’s a good piece of advice you have been given and who gave it to you?
I think as I get a little bit older all those really simple quotes that you are told throughout your entire life, I’m only kind of starting to understand now, so I guess. Follow your dreams! It’s so simple and it’s in so much music and so much literature that you just don’t really ever quite understand the true meaning of it!
I think it’s just something I have had to realise myself, just understanding what makes me happy, realising that I can actually make a life out of happiness and it is true that, if you do what you love then everything else will work out!
That is the dream isn’t it?
Yes it’s quite simple really.
Tell me something you have learnt this week, or this year and how it has changed your outlook on life?
This week I had a bit of an epiphany two days ago, I was chatting with a friend from law school. I guess maybe as girls or just as humans sometimes we develop jealous traits about other people and that really can get you down, and feeds on your insecurities. I was thinking about this when it just dawned on me the importance of the sisterhood. I don’t think we can hide from the fact that intimate relationships have a huge effect on our emotional being, even if we lead a busy lifestyle. I also don’t think we can hide from the fact that women are delicate creatures. I think as intelligent and caring women, we have a duty to look after all our sisters in the world. So you have a duty to ensure that ex-relationships came to a healthy close before moving into new ones so to not cause pain to anyone involved. Knowing this has helped me feel a closer connection with my fellow females, even the ones I don’t know yet. That’s just one of my most recent realisations!
What is your biggest challenge right now?
Finishing uni, because its been almost five years and I feel quite stuck, I mean at the same time, it has given me so many opportunities and pathways to success, but I just feel like I need to break free, and it’s coming to a close, so that’s the biggest challenge right now, getting to the end.
How far away is that now for you?
You must feel excited!
And almost the opposite of that what is your happiest memory?
One of my happiest memories is when I was in Ibiza. My friend had convinced me to come on a boat party that started at 7am in the morning, we decided that we weren’t going to go out the night before, we wanted to be fresh for it, it was my last week there I think… and anyway we all got on board, there was probably 30 of us, and it was about an hour into the party or it could have even been two, it was just as things where starting to warm up. I met a girl from the Gold Coast on the boat and we just had such a quick connection, probably something to do with because we were both from the Gold Coast and both on the other side of the world, in the middle of the Mediterranean with 30 other English people. We’ve become really good friends and remained friends since. That day I also had a little bit of an epiphany and realised how awesome the world was, after beating myself up for so many years, being a little bit unsure about humanity but that day, I think the serendipity of that moment made me realise how moments can just fall into place by fete or whether you create that I’m not sure, it was really weird but it was also really happy!
If you had to summarise your life philosophy in a few sentences, what would they be?
On my Couchsurfing page, I can’t remember when I wrote this but my life philosophy is… Happiness is everywhere you just need to find it!
And yeah be conscious of your surrounding be conscious of the people in your life and that’s how you’ll get to where you want to be.
And lastly what characteristics make you a part of the Griffith Collective?
Funnily enough I feel more a part of this law school than maybe other law schools that I have heard about in Australia. I feel like our professors and fellow students have a similar outlook on maybe politics and that makes me feel closer to the law school here, most of our ideals are aligned.
My character in itself is really diverse sometimes I spread myself to thin, I try not to but I just get involved in so many different things, but at the end of the day that means you have a lot more to offer to this world and can probably understand a lot more people because you have gained more perspectives. But I do think I need to come back and narrow my focus on my true dream, which can be a little difficult with to many things going on.
Interviewed by: Mindy Davies | Instagram: @mindyrose |