Staffordshire University student and baking enthusiast Queenie Goredema talks to us about her course and university experience.
What course are you studying: Broadcast Journalism BA (Hons)
What did you study at school/college: A levels in Media Studies, Psychology and Theology
Why did you choose this course?
I always knew that I wanted a job within the media industry but didn't have a specific job in mind. It’s not until A level Media Studies that I realized that I really wanted to get into presenting and filming. Broadcast Journalism seemed like the perfect course for me. It is a multi-media course that allows me to gain skills in TV, radio and online. I love the fact that it is a really hands on and exciting course. Perfect for someone who doesn't want to spend their days in an office.
Why did you choose this uni?
Friends kept telling me that Staffordshire University was really good for media courses but I had to see it for myself to believe it. When I went to the open day I immediately knew that it would be my first choice.I loved the fact that we had access to high quality equipment such as Sony NX5 cameras, the kind of camera you would see professionals using!. I also liked the fact that we would be given real life experiences of working in a newsroom, It made me more confident about working in the real world.
What are the facilities like?
Staffordshire University has a range of facilities, some of which, I will admit, I have not yet used. But from the media side of things, I can tell you that it offers access to photo studios, radio studios and TV studios with a green screen. Of course there are a lot more, but those are just some of my favourites.
In terms of student halls. You get a choice of either an ensuite or shared accommodation, meaning you share the bathroom, kitchen etc. Whichever you choose, you will only be 5/ 10 minutes away from the Uni. (Stoke Campus).
What's the student experience like?
It’s really easy to make friends at Staffordshire University, mostly because everything is so close together. You end up seeing the same people everywhere that you have no choice but to become friends.
The student themed nights on Wednesdays (Gobble) and Fridays (Refresh) are another great way to make friends, cheap entry and cheap drinks. If you are not one for going out, there are plenty of societies to join, from Baking society to Beard society (seriously!) .If you don’t fancy any of the societies, you can start your own. ( I manage the baking society)
Have you done any work-experience?
Yes. I have done work experience at three local radio stations working as a Broadcast assistant.
What are your future career plans?
At the moment, I don’t have any definite plans, but I am hoping to get more work experience. In the media industry having work experience is extremely beneficial.
Any tips for students thinking about going to uni?
When looking for a University don’t be afraid to ask about what they offer in terms of helping you get work experience, the facilities etc. You want the best out of your education. Also remember you shouldn't pick a University just because your friends are going to it, every course is different, so maybe this uni isn't the best for your course. You want to graduate knowing that you are more than ready for the real world.
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