Mansi recently completed her 3rd year in Journalism BA (Hons). She is a student from Leicester who will soon be moving to New York to continue her studies.
Tell us about yourself
I have always wanted to live in London, and after visiting City on an Open Day back in 2019, I knew that this university and its Department of Journalism was going to offer me the rigorous, but fun, experience I was after. Living in Leicester, one of the most multi-cultural cities in the UK, with Indian heritage and hearing the stories my grandma would tell me about her living in India and Africa, I always had an interest in journalism. This interest also inspired me to study languages, so I did both French and Spanish in high school which led to endless travelling opportunities and broadening my knowledge of the world.
Why did you decide to apply to study at City, University of London?
I was always aware that London is a hub for journalism and that City provides one of the best courses in the country. I was captivated by the Department’s facilities, the connections that they have with industry experts, and the balance that they offer between both academic and practical studies. I was aware that obtaining a place at City, University of London would be one of my first leaps into the industry, gaining the core skills such as interviewing and reporting for broadcast and print, allowing me to achieve a diverse range of experience.
What is your favourite thing about studying at City?
City, and in particular the Department of Journalism, have such a supportive unit of staff who are part of your entire journey from, supporting you in your first lecture, helping you source internships, to securing your first job or further education. They simply want the best for you and will offer you whatever assistance you require.
What kind of things are you involved in outside of your course?
My first year was disrupted by the Covid-19 outbreak, but I joined Carrot Magazine, City, University of London's student publication, to help my writing flourish. During my second year, I was promoted to Carrot Magazine's Social Media Manager, where I improved the online presence.
I was appointed Editor-in-chief (EIC) of the magazine in my third year, and it has been one of the most rewarding responsibilities of my career. I redesigned the logo, conducted writing workshops to aspiring journalists, and established two columns, including 'Carrot in London,' a column about student-friendly activities in the city. During my period as EIC, the magazine received two Student Publication awards.
I also gained the position as a Digital Department Intern at HELLO! Magazine, a scheme I obtained through City. Coming away with 14 by-lines, including one which was in the exclusive Princess Diana bumper issue, I was also trusted to interview Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, for a piece.
What do you plan to do after you graduate?
I am soon to attend Columbia Journalism School in New York to obtain my Masters of Science in Journalism. I am extremely motivated to further my education in this field, developing my abilities in a competitive organisation, with the hopes of refining my broadcast and investigative reporting skills.
What would be your top tip for our applicants?
Spend your university years concentrating on your personal development. Higher education provides you with more than just academic advantages. It also allows you to develop abilities such as courage, teamwork, and a greater awareness of yourself and the world around you.