"I chose Goldsmiths because of its reputation in ethnomusicology. It was highly recommended by my lecturers at the university where I did my undergrad. When I went on the Goldsmiths website and read through the modules being offered on the ethnomusicology pathway, I knew Goldsmiths was where I wanted to go. After taking a year off to do some fieldwork in preparation for my masters, I finally came to London in September and what a journey it has been so far! The past two months have passed by in a whirlwind of activities. There is never a dull moment as I am kept busy with the wide range of events and activities offered by the university and different societies/clubs at Goldsmiths. And, of course, my course keeps me busy with all the reading for lectures and assignments. It challenges me in the best way possible and makes me excited about learning.
Goldsmiths has such a warm sense of community because of which I have had the opportunity to meet people from diverse backgrounds studying really interesting courses and that has been a fascinating learning experience. I am also really enjoying the creative and energetic vibe of London. There is so much to do and see that you get inspired everyday.
After I graduate, I would like to return home to Nagaland and gain employment as a lecturer in ethnomusicology (specialising in Naga music) at one of the music colleges in India. I would like to generate awareness and interest in ethnomusicology among my people so that we can have more Naga researchers in the field. I also hope to publish a book on my research findings on the music of the Nagas at some point in the future. I am confident that my time at Goldsmiths will equip me with the necessary skills to achieve these goals."