Last week I graduated from UCA in Epsom with a degree in Fashion Journalism. It was a great day (despite the heat gathering under those robes), made even more special by having designer Zandra Rhodes and Editor Alexandra Schulman in attendance. Even though I had been working at Vogue for over a week by then, I hadn’t mustered up the courage to speak to Alexandra (bar a small smile in the corridor). However, upon my return to the office, I managed to start a conversation with “We were at the same graduation on Tuesday”. Hardly ground-breaking, but it led to a discussion of my University, and having spotted a copy of our magazine ‘Segue’ lying on her desk I decided to inform her that I had written a piece in it. She asked which one and as I pointed it out, she told me how she remembered reading it on the train and how much she had enjoyed it. This in essence sums up why I think it was more than worth me studying at University for three years. Despite every paper decreeing how much of a waste of time and money degrees are in this economic climate, (which can be more than disheartening at times), mine made me chase opportunities and find inspiration; culminating in being complimented on my journalism skills by the Editor of UK Vogue. I think it was more than worth it.
Above – Class of 2010
Below – Alexandra Schulman OBE
Zandra Rhodes – Chancellor of UCA