Marta Maria Nicolazzi

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"Looking back, studying at Goldsmiths has been one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life."

"Looking back, studying at Goldsmiths has been one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. It completely changed the way I think, perceive, analyse and feel the world around me. One of the things I found extremely fascinating was how free, open, supportive, stimulating and friendly the entire campus was, from the students to the professors, to the entire staff. I could feel around me the energy of some of the greater academics in the world while having a strong sense of familiarity. It has been a wonderful bubble that I called my second home.

As I graduated several years ago without having the chance to hang out in the area much recently, I might not be the best person to suggest places around campus. The pubs, restaurants and café I use to attend might have shut down or changed management. That is because South East London is one of the most real, exciting, funny, attractive, diverse and vibrant areas of London. But this also makes it one of the most at risk of, or better, subjected to gentrification. I really hope people will talk to each other if they are queuing for the same thing for a long time, and that special sense of neighbourhood will last too... just enjoy it!

At the moment I am a social researcher, writer, educator and activist. After Goldsmiths, I undertook a MA in Sociology of Childhood and Children's Rights at UCL. Now I am working part-time for Unicef in Milan while collaborating with independent magazines, writing my feminist blog and planning a PhD. I am not sure about what the future will hold for me but so far it has been great also thanks to what I have learnt during my BA. I surely would not be the person I am or doing what I love.

Arriving at a university in London can be somehow frightening, disorientating and overwhelming. A huge city, new teaching methods, strong critical thinking, many interesting opinions, hot topics of discussion, meeting different people and their cultures: a lot to take in. But at the end of your journey, those will be the things that will make you richer and stronger."