I am a 21 year old vegan traveler, who is extremely passionate about social change, sustainable global development, ethical and conscious living. I am currently in my third year of university, studying a degree with a double major in sociology & philosophy, and a global studies degree. In between studying and traveling the world I spend a lot of time reading books and learning more about the world we live in. I truely believe that knowledge is power, which is why I started my YouTube channel and blog as a platform to sharing all of the things that I learn whilst travelling, at university or in my own time, for anyone else who is interested in making a positive difference in the world.
A little more about me…
In my final years of high school I was working on my Queens Guide Award, the peak achievement award in Girl Guides Australia, as a youth member and junior leader within the organisation. My focus for my QGA was World Guiding and my work was centred around the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals; and my major project was to plan & carry out an advocacy and fundraising project for UNICEF. It was through my Queens Guide award that I was first exposed to these pressing global issues, and my passion for social change & global development was born.
Shortly after I had graduated high school and completed my Queens Guide Award in 2013 I was invited to attend a social change conference in Hong Kong on “Youth’s Convergence & Determination to Transform the World.” I was so inspired and motivated to pursue my interest in these areas further, but a common theme I heard from all of the inspiring speaker and workshop holders at the event was the importance of travel, so I took a year off from studying in 2014 to move out of home, travel a little, work and save up some money to travel over the next few years, and to find a university course that best suited my interests.
I started university in Brisbane in 2015, doing a degree in sociology/philosophy, and a degree in global studies. This same year I started creating and sharing videos about my travels on YouTube, and across 2016 I continued to make it a priority to travel as much as possible between my studies- and I’m glad I did, because travelling brings me so much joy and has shaped the person I am and taught me so much about the world around me.
In 2017 whilst travelling I decided to start this blog, tiyanaj.com, as a way to further share my travels, and to start sharing some of the things I had learnt about at university & on my own, because I came to realise that for anyone wanting to make a positive impact on the world around them, knowledge is power. I also decided that I wanted to take my Youtube channel in a direction where I could share this information and give people an insight on how I strive to live consciously. A few months after I started my blog, I was invited to write for STRIVE, an online student magazine run by Student Talks, as a way for me to share my unique thoughts, opinions, and ideas about topics where I wanted to spark conversation. Check out my articles here.
I have been spending the second half of 2017 on a semester abroad in Canada, where I have been given so many amazing opportunities to attend workshops, events, and seminars about social/global change and activism, which has inspired me to start vlogging aspects of my everyday life besides travel, and start sharing that on my YouTube channel. Whilst in Canada I also took on a role as a video producer for the Campaign For Australian Aid, to contribute something to the amazing movement utilising the skills making YouTube videos has given me. You can check out my videos here.