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Helena O’Reilly-Finnie

Class Year: 2022

Scholarship: Asian Exchange

University: RMIT University

State: VIC

Focus Area

Australia-Asia ties

Helena O’Reilly-Finnie

Class Year: 2022

Scholarship: Asian Exchange

University: RMIT University

State: VIC

Focus Area

Australia-Asia ties

Biography

Growing up in Australia allowed me to learn from the diverse cultural heritage, identity and experiences of those around me. The devotion of my high-school Japanese teacher (shoutout to Mr Hayashi!), in particular, for sharing his native language and culture grew my interest in Asia; I continued Japanese at University, where I am an International Studies student at RMIT, and along the way picked up Korean. Opening yourself up to the world is such a joy, and I hope to encourage other young Australians to form these connections with Asia.

 

Outside of my studies, I enjoy reading and am interested in fashion. I am keen to discover more about fashion chains in Asia and how we can lead the industry towards a more ethical and sustainable future.

Skills & Expertise

  • Japanese
  • Ethical Fashion
  • Global Development
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Korean

"The Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship is the greatest gift I've ever received; I'm honoured to be part of the Westpac Scholars network and am excited to learn from Asia-experienced leaders."


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