Atina is a third year journalism student from Bulgaria. She chose City due to the great reputation of the Journalism Department.
What were you doing before you came to study at City?
I was studying intensively biology and chemistry in my high school. Yet, I published two novels and took part in some national and international writing contests. This helped me reach the conclusion that I want to study journalism.
Why did you decide to apply to City?
City, University of London has a wonderful reputation, especially regarding its journalism degrees. Its high position in the global ranking convinced me straightaway.
What is your favourite thing about studying at City?
I am very grateful to be taught by journalists who have worked for some of the most well-known media outlets here and abroad. The variety of modules is extremely good – from political scandals to international news to visual journalism. We do so much practice that we are fully aware of how a news room operates at the highest standard.
What kind of things are you involved in outside your course?
I am part of the Bulgarian society which helps me preserve the connection with my country and my nation. I am also working as a Student Ambassador which allowed me to create bonds with a range of people and be part of exciting events on campus. Apart from that, my job as a deputy editor of an online news outlet contributes a lot to my understanding of journalism.
Have you had the opportunity to do any internships, placements of work experience?
Thanks to the knowledge I have gained at City, I managed to do internships with The Times and The Sunday Times. I also worked at the BBC as a sub-hub assistant over the 2017 General Election. Opportunities with local newspapers such as Islington Gazette and Hackney Gazette gave me a great option to improve my skills as well.
The most exciting part since I came here has been the opportunity to publish plenty of articles and videos for national and international news outlets. This has really boosted my portfolio.
I am also looking forward to my work placement at the Guardian in December 2017.
What would be your top tip for our applicants?
Invest energy, be determined and self-confident. City will boost your creativity, but make sure you are always looking for more stories and exciting interviewees. Read as much as you can about as many topics as possible.