Studying Comparative Literature and Film Studies at King's College had influenced my life in ways I could not imagine then. Not long ago, I started my job as a BBC World Service Digital Journalist in Moscow office after finishing a Master's degree in Media and Communications.
The modules I took as part of my course at KCL helped me develop my writing skills and learn to communicate my ideas. This, in turn, came extremely handy in my journalism career.
KCL gave me many non-academic opportunities too. I was lucky to study abroad in Hong Kong and experience an entirely new learning and social environment.
As part of my extracurricular activities, I volunteered for KCL Student Action for Refugee and helped refugee children with schooling. Each of these experiences helped broaden my perception of the world, challenging me to keep trying new things and expand my knowledge.
My BA was Comparative Literature with Film Studies, which is a wonderful combination of subjects, for they complement each other immensely. I can’t imagine one without the other – it’s storytelling in different, overlapping facets. In all honesty, I value the time I had at King’s and what it has taught me a lot.
What stands out most is the emphasis on critical thinking, diverse perspectives, never-ending curiosity and, of course, a community of amazing people that I’m still in touch with.
I am now doing my MA at Central Saint Martins in Culture, Criticism & Curation and I can’t tell you how many times I refer back to things I have studied in my BA. It has really shaped my thinking and my tendency to draw inspiration from across disciplines. In a way, I look at Comparative Literature as a critical and creative approach that has truly stuck with me.
I wanted a degree that offered rigorous exposure to an eclectic range of writing; an opportunity to study narratives beyond the written form or geographical and linguistic limitations; a respected university that could take me away from the administrative capital of Europe, straight to its storied beating heart: London. By completing the BA in Comparative Literature with Film at King’s College London, I got all this and more.
The impact of the course on my critical thinking and life is such that not only have many of the alumni remained part of my day to day, but also that I went on to put my degree to use by embarking on a career in publishing. The ability to synthesise complex information fast and summarise it in a concise, accessible manner is the most important skill in my current role in editorial at HarperCollins, one of the biggest publishing houses in the world.
An apt mirror of the many texts from various eras and areas that the course exposed me to, my team have published the likes of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jonathan Franzen, Daniel Mendelsohn, Jeremy Paxman, Joan Didion, Daniel Kahneman, Madeleine Albright, David Attenborough and many more. There is no doubt that the BA in Comparative Literature with Film equipped me with all the necessary tools to work on such a variety of writing and media.
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Examples of the Department of Comparative Literature's numerous outreach reports
Areas of particular academic expertise represented within the Comparative Literature Department
Department staff contribute to the REF returns for English, Classics and Modern Languages