In this iteration of Student Spotlight, Ritsumeikan APU – College of Asia Pacific Studies (APS) student Martha Turkett talks about her life experience and how she applies it to her own studies. Learn more all about it below:
My name is Martha Turkett, and I am a fourth year APS student specializing in international relations and peace studies. My curiosity and interest in international affairs developed after experiencing the 2003 civil war in Liberia that took me as a refugee to the neighboring country of Ghana. Since then, I have had a growing desire to understand the nature of war and how to mitigate it from society.
Unfortunately, upon graduation from my high school in Liberia, I was unable to further my education there due to social barriers and lack of accessible education environments for people with disabilities. But my urge to seek out answers and solutions to our world’s conflicts, and the drive to not be limited by my condition so that I could become someone who positively impacts society, pushed me to enroll in APU in 2015.