Course: BA(Hons) Journalism Studies
Home country: Norway
I met the Falmouth team at an education fair in Oslo, Winter 1996. I was searching for a place to study journalism, looking at universities in USA, Australia and the UK. There was also a Norwegian student who was studying at Falmouth at the time. Through talks with both, research online (which was quite rare at the time) and reading the prospectus, I decided Falmouth was the place for me.
What was the most difficult thing about being an international student?
Moving away from home at the age of 18 may be challenging for anyone, and when you add a new country, culture and language to that, it can be more than a challenge. Luckily, after two weeks of homesickness, I was fine. There were never any special difficulties in being an international student at Falmouth, rather the opposite.
What was your experience of the academic school?
Inspiring! I enjoyed every day. The lectures, professors, challenges, the many options at the library, the dark room where we could work in the evenings with printing out our photos, the beautiful surroundings where we could enjoy nature, the fact that it's so small that you easily meet your friends at the pub without making arrangements first. We didn't have mobile phones back then, and the queue outside the phone booth was long on Sundays when everyone was calling home for the weekly update.
It was a special time, which I often wish I could travel back in time to and enjoy all over again.
The only thing I did find a bit annoying was that some of my fellow students thought, "I didn't know what to become, so I chose journalism". It didn't much inspire someone who highly appreciates Ryszard Kapuscinski's quote; "Once journalism was a mission, not a career".
Did you join any clubs and societies?
I joined the Students' Union and was the representative for the Association of Norwegian Students Abroad (ANSA) for two years.
What was the best thing about living in Falmouth?
Falmouth is simply beautiful, and its people are very friendly. I loved going to the post office, sending off my letters to friends back home, being greeted with "Hello Love!"
What do you miss most about Falmouth?
My dreams often bring me back to Falmouth. To walks along the breathtaking coastline. To evenings with friends in student houses. To day trips to massive beaches and cute little towns where we had ice cream with marshmallows. To dancing all night long. Being a student in itself is quite a luxury. Having time to dig deep into academic literature, discuss with colleagues and write your own pieces about the state of the world.
What advice would you give to students planning on coming to Falmouth?
Go! You may always live in cities like London, where the job marked is much better, but living in Falmouth for three to four years may not be so easy later on, when you are aiming for the interesting positions in the media industry. Falmouth is a fairytale, don't miss out!
What are you doing now?
I'm a foreign affairs reporter at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), covering world affairs for TV, radio and online.
Published September 2014