Written by kdanceydowns
While I was studying Journalism BA at Bournemouth University I never ever considered going on to do a postgraduate course. In my naïve young mind I thought I would graduate, become a news anchor on Channel 4 News, retire a millionaire at forty and that would be that.
Now that I’m on the course, I can say that the MA feels entirely different to the BA; perhaps it’s the course structure, or a difference in my own mindset, or both, but it’s a much more mature, self-motivating kind of learning environment.
At first I was worried that – being an inherently lazy person – I would sink, but the passion my course mates and I have for filmmaking has meant that every moment (bar a couple of stressful all-nighters) has been enjoyable.
I often remind myself that it’s only for 12 months – sometimes to get me through that all-nighter, but mostly to remind myself that I need to seize every opportunity that the MA brings. I am lucky enough to be surrounded by brilliantly talented students and staff who are all equally passionate about the subject in a way that goes beyond what I ever experienced on the BA.
If you’re considering doing a postgraduate course then that is fantastic, and if you’re not then that is also fantastic. If you don’t know what you want then that’s ok too. I had to work to discover what I don’t want to do as much as what I do want to do.