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Malavika Padinharathra


Leaving home was one of the most nerve-wracking decisions I’ve made but it is one of the best decisions of my life because I’m on my way to being the best I can be!

More about Malavika

Why did you choose NTU?

“I have always been incredibly passionate about writing. The modules available to me in my home country were not very hands-on. Therefore, I decided to pursue my degree abroad. As for why I chose NTU, I have two main reasons. From the 5 universities I applied to, I found the course modules at NTU most to my liking. My second reason was that 18 years ago, my mum studied at NTU herself so we felt a sense of nostalgia.

"Another reason why the journalism course offered by NTU stood out from the rest is that it is NCTJ accredited, which works as an additional qualification for your career after graduation.”

How did you feel about coming to a UK university?

Leaving home was one of the most nerve-wracking decisions I’ve made but it is one of the best decisions of my life because I’m on my way to being the best I can be! Yes, it was daunting and you definitely feel like a fish out of water for a bit, but then you settle in and it begins to feel like home.”

What modules have you particularly enjoyed?

“While I find most modules interesting in their own way, I particularly enjoy the law modules in my course the most. It is definitely the most useful module for me.”

What do you think about the facilities available?

“The journalism and broadcast journalism students have full access to the Centre for Broadcast Journalism (CBJ), and the lecture theatres, cafes and library are all spacious and comfortable.”

How do you feel that you have grown personally as well as academically at NTU?

“Academically, though it took me a while to get a hang of the Harvard referencing system, it is one of the many invaluable skills I have learned so far. Personally, I am much more confident in my skills and in myself than I’ve ever been, and I owe a massive part of this change to my time at NTU.”

In what way are you supported by the academic staff?

“We have mentors and tutors to talk to, and they help us solve any problems we may be having in our academic or personal lives. I did make use of this opportunity, and was given a lot of support from my mentor during my course.”

What do you enjoy most about living in Nottingham?

“I like how quiet and quaint it is, but also how it has a thriving nightlife. I knew of Nottingham from accounts that my mother shared with me, and it seems like the city has changed quite a lot in the last 18 years.”

What has been your greatest achievement as an NTU student?

“Earning a scholarship in my first year, and being picked as Team Leader for NTU by Childreach International are my proudest achievements.”

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