London life takes a bit of getting used to
September 28, 2010 2 Comments
After winning my place at City University at the end of May, I have finally made the move down to London for the start of my MA in Investigative Journalism. It has been quite a strange couple of weeks and a fairly difficult transition to make to this new life.
I spent the whole summer working as a gardener and living at home in order to earn as much cash as possible to support myself until the end of June next year. Like most people who started an undergraduate degree at university, after the introduction of higher tuition fees in September 2007, I have a significant amount of debt and have been incredibly lucky that my parents have lent me the money to pay the course fees at City.
Then there is the high cost of living. It is only just over two weeks since I moved here and I already find myself struggling a little to make ends meet. Cash seems to burn very quickly using the Tube so I have to make the 3 mile journey from Bethnal Green to Islington during the week by bike. Added to that are the numerous friends to catch up with, usually involving going to the pub for a few drinks, paying rent and food.
By June, I am not expecting to have any savings left.
Last week was induction week at university, which included eight hours of shorthand classes, numerous seminars with our course director and work on our ‘patch’ – a ward within a borough that we have been assigned for researching stories. The course is effectively 9am-5pm everyday, occasionally staying on later for guest lectures by prominent journalists and academics.
So what is there to say about studying Investigative Journalism so far? Well, unsurprisingly, not much yet. Yesterday was the first full day of lectures, which included introductions to Media Law, Online Journalism and Roy Greenslade’s interesting lecture on Journalism and Society. Much of last week was spent learning how the course will run though we are yet to learn the real methods of investigation.