Karin Svensson

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Studying at Goldsmiths was a life-changing experience for me.

Studying at Goldsmiths was a life-changing experience for me. It gave me practical skills as well as the confidence to explore my creativity, and set me on my path towards a successful career as a freelance journalist. My tutor, Professor Tim Crook, was very encouraging och inspiring, and I am happy to say we still keep in touch.

After starting out in the newsroom of a syndicated press agency I have now been a freelance journalist since 2007, writing and making radio about popular culture and how it intersects with other areas, such as politics, science, history and psychology, for a number of Scandinavian media outlets. I am currently producing the podcast Nobel Prize Conversations, in collaboration with the Nobel Foundation.

New Cross might not be as scenic as some other parts of London, but it does have a fascinating and rebellious history (check out the Goldsmiths History Project), great diversity, and lots of rugged charm.

Any advice for people coming to Goldsmiths?

Soak it all up, the teaching as well as the social side. Make friends from all over the world, and hold on to them – those relationships will enrich your life, professionally and personally.

Any thoughts for other international students?

I was a little taken aback by the cultural differences between England and Sweden, they might seem minor but could be tricky to navigate. But it gets better! You might even be a little bit English by the time you graduate...