Our Student Success Stories: Udita Chakrabarti, queer activist, feminist and former lawyer with an active interest in humanitarian causes

When Udita first contacted us in 2014, she had already finished a BA LLB from Calcutta University and was working as a lawyer for two years. Considering her interests and career plans, especially her wish to work in the field of human rights, we decided that a master’s in International Relations at the University of Surrey would be the best choice for her. After finishing her studies she first became an author for Feminism in India before joining Partners for Law in Development as Communications and Knowledge Officer. PLD is a legal resource group pursuing the realisation of social justice and equality for women. The NGO works in contexts of marginalisation shaped by gender, sexuality, caste, culture and poverty, to take into account the intersecting systems of oppression that diminish recognition and access to rights.

Being global citizens, we believe, means that one should try to make our world a better place. That’s why it is encouraging to see our former students not only being committed to their careers, but working for the greater good.

How can you show you are a global citizen when applying to college?

Who is a Global Citizen?
A global citizen is someone who is aware of and understands the wider world – and their place in it. They take an active role in their community, and work with others to make our planet more equal, fair and sustainable.

Why do you need to show your global citizenship?
To demonstrate your ability to thrive in multicultural environments.

What can you do to be a global citizen?

What can you do to be a global citizen?
The exploration of personal and social responsibility in an interconnected world can be shown through engagement in different activities that involve new situations or cross-cultural interactions.

These activities include:
– cultural exchange programs
– summer programs in other cities or countries
– Model U.N. conferences in your country and abroad
– debates, quizzing, science or other academic competitions, both national and international

For those who cannot easily travel abroad:
– Find ways to connect with diverse groups of people within your local or national communities
– Volunteering at human rights organisations
– Reflect on the world around you through discussions, blogging, TED talks.
– Volunteer within your own community to teach lessons of civility and global citizenship
– Learn a foreign language to understand other cultures
– Connect with people from different countries online through social media.

To be effective Global Citizens, young people need to be flexible, creative and proactive. They need to be able to solve problems, make decisions, think critically, communicate ideas effectively and work well within teams and groups.

To help build your profile for college application, join the Globe Ed Student Mentoring Program.