IH Alumna Awarded Bachelor of Arts Medal

IH congratulates alumna Cassandra Joore-Short who was recently awarded the Bachelor of Arts Medal at the University of Melbourne.

I’ve recently been awarded the Bachelor of Arts Medal at the University of Melbourne. The Medal is awarded annually to one student for academic excellence across three years of undergraduate study. To receive this accolade seems like an affirmation of the contribution of women’s writing in academia. The confidence I have gained both from my achievements at IH and in receiving the Arts Medal has led me to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford next year, fingers crossed!

IH was first to support me in achieving my academic goals through a generous residential scholarship and the Weickhardt Academic Award. Living at IH enabled me to get the most from my education, to form excellent study habits, maintain a balance between social and study life, and to make meaningful connections with people from all over the world. Throughout my degree I have focused on issues of diversity and equality in the visual arts. The celebration of diversity was profoundly shaped by my time at International House. You don't often think about how where you live might feed into your scholarship, but now that I’m writing my honours thesis and looking toward a future overseas, I can see how important being part of a community of learners was to my feelings about study and confidence in myself.

Cassie at IH in 2015

Other things also connect me with my time at IH. At the Arts Awards Ceremony, it was a privilege to receive the inaugural National Gallery of Victoria Art History Prize. I have lots of special memories going to the gallery with other IH students and sharing cultural experiences through art. Perhaps what has been most lasting is the intercultural awareness I’ve developed through friendships at college. An openness to the diversity of our world and what connects us was invaluable to me this June when I represented the University of Melbourne at the Undergraduate Research Conference - Universitas 21 at the University of Edinburgh. This is another experience where students from all over the world come together to share ideas and scholarship with one another, just like being back at IH!

Sharing culture is such a valuable way of enriching our understanding of ourselves, and I'm so lucky to have had this experience during my time at International House.

Cassandra Joore-Short (IH Alumna)