Cornelia Sartie

Cornelia Sartie

Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia, Reimagining India Study Tour


Kia ora! My name is Cornelia Sartie, and I am a VUW student studying a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Religious Studies.) I hail from an immigrant background and am a proud Sierra Leonean New Zealander. 

I am extremely excited to be part of the IndoGenius programme and be in India for six weeks! I aim to challenge my own perceptions of India and think critically about Western depictions of India vs the reality as well as indigenous conceptions of India.

I hope this blog allows you to join me on this journey!

  • Readjustment

    Readjustment When I search “reverse culture shock” google tells me it is a “common reaction to returning home from studying abroad. It is an emotional and psychological stage of re-adjustment, similar to your initial adjustment to living abroad.” I keep on toying with the word: readjustment There is something about it that acknowledges a changing…Continue Reading Readjustment

  • Observing India

    In India, the sunset looks hand painted by God The colours blend seamlessly as the golden hues hold the last breath of warmth. The sunrise is a slow and steady breath an exercise in patience as the sun decides what it wants to be purples, yellows, pinks, oranges and blues colour the sky an articulation…Continue Reading Observing India

  • Sun, Water and South Indian Spirituality 

    Kia Ora! I am writing this post at the end of my first week in India. I have so many thoughts, feelings and experiences that I’ve been exposed to in such a short amount of time – so it’s hard to articulate them in a manner concise enough to make this blog post enjoyable. So…Continue Reading Sun, Water and South Indian Spirituality