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…

  • 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…

  • 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…