Student of the week: Salma Ali – BA English with Creative Writing

An indecisive creative who’s passionate about most things.

Tell us about your time at QMUL. What have been your highlights?

So far at QMUL, being surrounded by like minded people has been a highlight. As well as this, being able to fully explore in depth and analyse texts, or being able to study new theories and schools of thought in detail has also been a highlight.

How has your course at Queen Mary helped you to progress into the world outside? What’s next?

Queen Mary has provided me with a lot of opportunities that I don’t think I would have been aware of if I was elsewhere – I’ve taken part in QMentoring, and this has helped me a lot to understand the world of employment in my specific field, and how I could progress beyond my BA into potentially further study, or what career paths I could take.

Aside from course content what have been your favourite elements of the experience of studying here as a whole?

One of the best elements of studying at QMUL has been the people that I’ve met and the friendships I have formed. It has also been enjoyable to join societies that are about things I am interested in, and being able to meet new people through this.

Tell us about your life outside Queen Mary including any projects, ambitions or jobs you’ve had.

I’ve been involved in the Harper Collins Author Academy, which has been amazing to be a part of and has been a great experience as a whole, giving invaluable insights into the publishing industry as well as helping me to understand what I’d have to do if I wanted to get my work published.

What could be improved to enhance future students’ experience at Queen Mary?

I think that the university has a good support system as it is, but perhaps making these more known to students could help enhance the experience of future students.

Find out more about our BA English with Creative Writing

Student of the week: Joshua Lowes – BA Drama

Big. Fun. Loveable.

Tell us about your time at QMUL. What have been your highlights?

Highlights have included: creating a dress out of Greggs career bags in Making Theatre, perfuming as sex therapist Dr Dodo in Performance Composition, and working/creating alongside a talented group of people (both staff and colleagues).

How has your course at Queen Mary helped you to progress into the world outside? What’s next?

It has allowed myself to become an independent artist, exposing me to new arts and ways of creating. Hopefully my research into the world of “drama” continues in time and my love for the subject only grows, I would love to do my Masters and PhD if at all possible. Or even gain a following in my art and work.

Aside from course content what have been your favourite elements of the experience of studying here as a whole?

QMBL Swim, I started off as a Fresher, became Social Sec, and finally president in my final year. I have made many friends in not just drama but other fields of study.

Tell us about your life outside Queen Mary including any projects, ambitions or jobs you’ve had.

Boots (Christmas Customer Assistant; Customer Assistant, No7 Advisor)
The Alcobox (Server)
The Alchemist (Busser)
Clarins (Skincare Specialist)
The Grapes (Barman/Server)
Wilton’s Music Hall (Usher)
NTW Solutions (NHS Service Assistant)
NHS (Housekeeping Assistant)

What could be improved to enhance future students’ experience at Queen Mary?

Paying for shows/trips that we are required to see as part of a module.

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Student of the week: Masuma Sultana – BA (Hons) English with Creative Writing

I’m hoping to become a primary school teacher and a writer/poet on the side!

Tell us about your time at QMUL. What have been your highlights?

I’ve my modules, the environment, the support and the overall experience and understanding I’ve gained from my course, peers and superiors.

How has your course at Queen Mary helped you to progress into the world outside? What’s next?

My course has allowed me to become a tutor, to gain work experience in schools and to apply for a Primary PGCE with QTS. The prestige of an degree from Queen Mary has definitely been helpful. The Creative Writing side of my module has made me more confident with my writing.

Aside from course content what have been your favourite elements of the experience of studying here as a whole?

Being part of English PASS as a mentor and then as the Student Organiser has been an amazing experience for my development educationally and personally.

Tell us about your life outside Queen Mary including any projects, ambitions or jobs you’ve had.

I am a tutor for a social enterprise and I have been trying to also be published online or in magazines.

Find out more about our BA English with Creative Writing