“I became passionate about politics and international relations through having grown up in an inspirational political period in Lithuania which served as an example of the positive influence democratisation, effective international co-operation or good economic policy can have on a country,” said Justas, who is graduating with a BA Politics and International Relations.
“I was always passionate about travelling, learning about different cultures or ways of living. A degree in Politics and International Relations was a perfect mix.”
Coming to Essex didn’t disappoint and has inspired Justas to grasp every opportunity to develop his skills.
“The University community is so international and diverse. I was constantly exposed to different ideas. The possibility of being able to discuss with people from so many different places and origins was an extraordinary experience.”
He credits his first year at Essex with giving him the motivation to travel across the world to spend a summer teaching in South Korea, which he described as “an immense learning opportunity.”
“Every day in South Korea brought something new. No two days or two conversations were ever the same. Teaching locals provided me with a sense of true immersion and belonging, as only a few weeks in I already had plenty of local friends,” he said.