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FORMER Shen­ton Col­lege stu­dent Bianca Meu­mann (21) re­mem­bers be­ing a youth del­e­gate to the United Na­tions Youth Aus­tralia project in East Ti­mor in 2012.

“It was an eye-opener,” Ms Meu­mann said. “I had al­ready been vol­un­teer­ing with UN Youth Aus­tralia and had done a lot of things with them.”

Be­fore her two-week trip to the de­vel­op­ing na­tion, she ap­peared in the Western Sub­urbs Weekly.

“My mum still has it on the fridge,” Ms Meu­mann said.

In Ti­mor, the UN took her and 10 other stu­dents from all states on a tour from the cap­i­tal Dili, and they taught English in a town­ship for four days.

The trip had its ef­fects. “Con­cep­tu­ally you al­ways know poverty ex­ists, but ac­tu­ally see­ing it is eye-open­ing,” Ms Meu­mann said.

She has con­tin­ued vol­un­teer­ing, in­clud­ing or­gan­is­ing the UN Youth Aus­tralia high school de­bate last year.

So­cial me­dia al­lows her to stay in con­tact with some of the Ti­morese and fel­low stu­dents she met on that trip.

Go­ing to univer­sity brought about a move to the Univer­sity of Syd­ney in 2013. She has been study­ing psy­chol­ogy as part of a Bach­e­lor of Arts de­gree and work­ing at the Lyric The­atre.

The stud­ies and her planned ca­reer con­tinue to re­flect some of the is­sues dealt with by the UN in Aus­tralia.

“I’m hop­ing to do clin­i­cal psy­chol­ogy or so­cial work with a Mas­ters de­gree and even­tu­ally work in the area of in­dige­nous or mi­grant men­tal health care,” Ms Meu­mann said.

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