Croatian native does her Masters in Applied Spirituality with WIT

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"Coming from the media world – I was a television journalist back in Croatia, I couldn’t find work in Ireland at first. When I found out about this master’s programme, I saw that as a wonderful opportunity to deepen my knowledge about spirituality and to connect it to my media experience."

Masters student Petra says spirituality is a bright new field as so many people are now saying that they are spiritual but not religious

Petra Pajdakovic Sebek is originally from Zagreb, Croatia. She studied the MA in Applied Spirituality in Dublin, run by Spirituality Institute for Research and Education and WIT.

Have you been in Ireland long?

For almost three years but feeling very much at home already.

What brought you over to Ireland from Croatia to study?

We moved to Ireland because my husband got a job here but also because we wanted to provide good education to our children. I wasn’t planning to study at first. Coming from the media world – I was a television journalist back in Croatia, I couldn’t find work in Ireland at first. When I found out about this master’s programme, I saw that as a wonderful opportunity to deepen my knowledge about spirituality and to connect it to my media experience.

How did you find studying as a WIT student?

I had the privilege of learning from some great lecturers who are in the top of this academic discipline on the world level. I think it’s a discipline that has a great future, especially because it can very well co-relate with other both academic and non-academic fields. There are so many people who are now saying that they are spiritual but not religious and there are so many interesting approaches how to study spiritual practices today.  For example, I did my research about how people express their spirituality through social media, in particular on Instagram.

What brought you to WIT to do you Masters?

It is a very unique program, non-existent in some other countries so many students come from abroad to join – we had a colleague who was travelling from South Africa every month for the lectures in Dublin. Different national and cultural backgrounds we had in the group were enriching – we were learning from each other as well. Having the lectures in Milltown also provided an opportunity to use Jesuit library, where one can find real treasures.

Was there any big experience from your time as a WIT student that really stood out?

The overall support throughout the research is really outstanding. What makes this program really different is the fact that it also gives a training in different skills which people need to understand and practice spirituality in their professional fields (medicine, leadership or education for example). And you can of course use these skills in your everyday life and relationships, so the overall learning experience is very transformational on many levels.

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