Meet a politics, philosophy and economics student striving for a better world

Meet a politics, philosophy and economics student striving for a better world

Kevin Kapeke has big dreams, and he’s determined to make them a reality by studying a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics at La Trobe University.

He tells us how his high school passions led to a clear life purpose, and why it’s important to choose a university that matches your values and career goals.

La Trobe student Kevin Kapeke shares his story of self-discovery and how university became a launchpad for his goals. Image credit: La Trobe University.

I grew up in in Zimbabwe, Africa, in the little midland town called Kwekwe. I always wonder if my life will see me back in the rural villages I used to see, perhaps as an advocate for the blind, the deaf, the poor, the children or the uneducated. My dream is to use my voice and my writing to better the world.

I spent most of my high school years trying to find my vision. I wondered if my passion and ability to create fictional stories, and endeavour to draw characters and ideas in my mind, would see me pursue a career as an author, writer, or even a columnist in a big Australian newspaper.

In senior school I was my school’s ambassador. I appeared on the news, in newspapers and school magazines. I tried to be a visionary in any way that I could. I wondered if perhaps I would pursue a career in the media, on the small screen.

I also acted in many different school and out-of-school plays. I enjoyed presenting, being loud and being creative. I wondered if my passion for the stage would see me perform on stage in large-scale international productions.

I needed to find a platform that would embrace all these values and all these goals. That platform was La Trobe University.

From the moment I came to Open Day I saw how great this platform was. It would see me be a Student Ambassador, Welfare Officer in the Student Union and a member of numerous clubs and societies. The clubs and societies have allowed me to make friends and gain experience beyond the classroom. I think it’s really important to make the most of these extra-curricular opportunities, and La Trobe has so many great options for students to get involved.

My course is so diverse. I really enjoy studying the various elements of politics, philosophy and economics and looking at how they relate to each other. I learn a lot from the interactive discussions that the tutors facilitate. They help me to stay really engaged through my course.

I’ve seen how international and interconnected my career could be. I’ve been to Nepal on a study tour, seen politicians work in Canberra and attended many conferences that have bettered my network. I wanted a university that could embrace my personal hope and cater to my needs to help me be a global citizen. I feel like I’m already on my way.

Do you want to change the world? Build the skills and networks you need with a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics.