Maliha Afzal

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Goldsmiths is an environment that is steeped in creativity, innovation and social justice.

Maliha's study experience

During my time at Goldsmiths, the relationships that I developed with my peers and professors in the MA programme were the most valuable. I enjoyed how we would engage in critical, in-depth conversations in and out of the classroom about how pedagogy could be transformed and driven. It helped me to grow and refine my own voice as an educator striving for social justice. The professors were incredibly knowledgeable and their own works and research inspired mine. The MA Education experience at Goldsmiths was transformative in the educator I had wished to become.

Life after Goldsmiths

I am currently the Head of SEN and Student Guidance Counsellor at a local school in Bangladesh that follows an international curriculum. I have enjoyed the interactions with the students and supporting their well-being. My MA in culture, language and identity has been very informative in my role in helping students to build their sense of self and how they wish to be seen in this world.

I am interested in teacher training and parent coaching, and my hope for the future is to develop a programme for teachers and parents that centres on student cultures and identities, particularly in building inclusive practices and breaking down barriers.

Advice for future students

Goldsmiths is an environment that is steeped in creativity, innovation and social justice so make the most of your experience by engaging in as many conversations as possible with inspiring forward-thinkers! Read as much as possible - Goldsmiths and the University of London have access to a lot of valuable resources and books. It’s an opportunity to awaken your own voice, both personally and professionally.

Experiencing London as an international student

London is a multicultural city where I felt very much at home as an international student, given everyone has a story of diversity and difference. It is rich in culture and the arts, and I found events to attend most weekends at reasonable prices. The city itself is so large that each area is unique and worth exploring! I enjoyed Goldsmiths as an international student as well, given how the study body is representative of how multicultural London is.

Maliha's favourite thing in the local area

Food, in and around the area! There are many places to explore that provide authentic cuisine from around the world.