NAME: Annie Rose Healion
PROGRAMME: Master’s in International Relations and Regional Studies

Why did you choose to study this programme?

University of Tartu’s degree in International Relations and Regional Studies (IRRS) offers a unique opportunity to engage with theoretical and practical aspects of policy in macro (international) and micro (regional) settings. The IRRS program endows peripheral knowledge of international systems and focused understanding of regional dynamics. But, beyond the advertising pamphlet rhetoric, I chose this program because I hope to develop my skills as an agent for positive, and progressive, social change. It’s cliche, hackneyed, silly…. whatever you want to call it… but I want to dedicate my career to empathetic policy making or, in less jargon “making the world a better place”.

Why Estonia?

Why not Estonia?! This beautiful little country is home to over 2,000 islands, gorgeous medieval old towns, some of the world’s best knitting patterns, amazing forests to explore, kohuke (google it… seriously), and so much more! Estonia is many things— small, quiet, cold…— but, it’s also magical. I mean, what would you expect from a place with the most meteorite craters per area? Estonia is also the home (well one of the three) to the Singing Revolution (the Baltic nations’ struggle for freedom against the Soviet Union, epitomized by the Baltic Way— a human chain stretching from Tallinn, Estonia to Vilnius, Lithuania)… which just so happens to be my research interest.

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