As cliche as it may sound, I can admit that I have been obsessed with words for as long as I can remember. When I was 5 years old I was interviewed for entrance to a prestigious primary school in London, England. My mother sat next to me the whole time, most likely praying that I wouldn’t say anything inappropriate. Of course, in true journalistic fashion, I did. When asked what my favorite piece of literature was, I replied with “Barbie magazines” and preceded to tell the Headmistress in confidence all about my favorite article.
Over time my infatuation with words matured and by the time I was a teenager, it wasn’t just magazines I was reading but newspaper articles, journals, and transcripts. I couldn’t get enough.
Yet as much as I love writing, it wasn’t until I was asked to participate in Channel 4’s “Battlefront” program that I truly realized what I wanted to do in life. It was through this project that I developed my passion for broadcast. The program was primarily about young individuals changing the world and I had the opportunity to interview a variety of individuals from the Prime Minister to Pop Stars, talk on radio shows, write articles, create weekly video updates for my followers and regularly present aspects of the Battlefront show. I was privileged enough to be able to deliver a TED talk, which was one of the highlights of the experience. There wasn’t a moment in the year that I worked on this project where my heart wasn’t racing with excitement. The platform journalism gave me to make such a huge impact in society was overwhelming and from this moment, I knew that this is what I had to do.
Since finishing the program, I have “crossed the pond” to Austin where I am lucky enough to be studying Journalism at The University of Texas, a fabulous course that will hopefully help give me the platform I need to truly make a difference in the world. I am a strong believer in the quote “passion is the genesis of genius” and I am beyond excited to see what the future has in store for me and my passion, Journalism.