Sports journalism was always an interest. My first job when I left Goldsmiths was as the England and London correspondent for Soccer News, a Chinese tri-weekly newspaper on sports. I worked there for one and a half years. I knew a couple of friends who were working for them, and then in the summer I went and covered Euro 2004 in Portugal. I got the job after the course.
I enjoyed it, though it got very hectic; it revolved around football matches and press conferences. I watched two matches per week and covered them in detail, apart from match reports on the others. The bulk of my work took place over the weekend because that's when the matches and conferences are held. I got to interview footballers now and then. I have interviewed the likes of David Beckham and Ruud Van Nistelrooy. Beckham was a nice guy, very polite and diplomatic, though a little boring.
2006 was a very eventful year for me. In the summer I went to the football World Cup in Germany and although it was a fantastic experience I ended up very depressed by the performance of England and their early exit. Then, in December, I decided it was time to leave London. I got a job at the Chinese Sports Illustrated magazine in Beijing and so headed back to China. It was an excellent opportunity for me.
At the present time it is 'so far so good' but I need to re-learn a lot about China. I am going to be in Beijing for the 2008 Olympics and reporting on it - that is going to be fantastic.
I did my undergraduate degree in Guangdong where I studied English and had a part-time job translating from English to Chinese for a sports newspaper. I came to Goldsmiths to improve my English writing skills and to understand journalism in detail, and it has paid off. John, our news tutor, took me to see my first live English football match – Arsenal v Middlesbrough. He was a great guy, and I am extremely grateful to him for that. Angela is extremely sharp and can be very serious.
Life at Goldsmiths was really chilled out. For me, it consisted of three things: lots of writing, lots of drinking and playing darts. The course significantly improved my writing, and the work experience was extremely useful. I did work experience at Times Sport and Observer Sport, which were great. I made lots of useful contacts, which still help me to this day. I consider the feedback aspect of the course extremely useful.