Name: Hayden Wilkinson
What do you study: BA (Hons) + BSc at the University of Queensland
Position at Milaana: UQ Staff and Administrative Engagement Coordinator
What’s your best remedy for stress? Hitting the pavement and running for as far as my legs will take me;
Why did you join Milaana:
Seeing the range of great internship projects available on Milaana, and seeing the potential for it to bring together experience-hungry students and under-resourced social enterprises, I realised that this was something I had to get involved in. By doing so I can try to help it realise that potential.
What do you hope to achieve during your internship with Milaana?
While I’m just one person, by helping Milaana flourish on university campuses I hope to help attract a multitude of students to those internship roles and thereby help a multitude of different social enterprises do some real good in the world.
What does it take to be a social changer?
Well, by definition, you have to effecting social change. But to do that, it requires perseverence, a bit of ingenuity, and a sufficiently accomodating set of conditions to allow that change to take place.
Where would you like to be, how would you like to feel, in five years’ time?
I would really like to be sitting at a world-class university, satisfied with a good first draft of my PhD thesis.
Will you integrate your ‘social’ interest into your career, or pursue it on the side?
I plan to go into academic research in a university philosophy department somewhere, with a big focus on ethics and justice. If I weren’t also out there doing some good in my spare time, I’d be rather a hypocrite. So, in a way it will be a part of my academic career, but still a largely personal pursuit.
What does success mean to you?
To me, success is the payoff from hard work – that abstract sense of accomplishment that usually comes from getting something done that wasn’t at all easy. But to be successful in the long term, that’s much harder. You just have to keep on taking on new challenges and overcoming them. It’s a state of constant effort and periodic reward.
Advice you give yourself and other university students?
As hard and as pointless as it may seem, make good habits now, don’t wait for when you really need them. Don’t get comfortable just because things are easy at the moment – that can change at any moment – so keep yourself busy, and never stop challenging yourself!
Favourite TED talk or sources of inspiration
Karima Bennoune: When people of Muslim heritage challenge fundamentalism