1) Where and what did you study and when did you graduate?
I studied English at the University of Exeter and graduated in 2012. I then did a master’s in magazine journalism at City University London.
2) Where do you live now?
3) Tell us about your job...
I’m a reporter at Times Higher Education magazine, and I cover international higher education and university rankings. This involves interviewing university leaders from across the world, writing news stories and features, and number-crunching data. I am fortunate enough to travel to some amazing cities for work – in the past six months I have been to Melbourne, Beijing and Paris and later this year I will be going to Accra and San Francisco.
4) What did you want to be when you were younger?
I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I was at school but I knew I wanted to write for the university student newspaper before I had even applied. It was the first society I joined in Fresher’s Week, but it wasn’t until my final year at Exeter that I decided to give it a shot as a career.
5) What did you do immediately after leaving university?
I spent the summer doing work experience at local and national newspapers and I started my master’s in the autumn.
6) How did you feel about your future when you graduated?
I had already been accepted onto my master’s course by the time I graduated from Exeter, so I felt excited but also nervous.
Enjoy yourself! Life post-graduation can be a daunting experience but it’s important to make sure you have fun too.
8) Would you have done anything different?
I don’t think I would have done anything differently but I would tell my younger self to have more confidence and worry less about the future.
9) What inspires you?
My grandparents, who are so lively and interesting at 85 and 91. And my nieces and nephew, because they do not yet have any inhibitions.
10) What would you like to say to our graduates looking for inspiration?
Do something you love, even if it doesn’t pay well. If everyone chose a career for money, there wouldn’t be any journalists!
11) Your three favourite words
Lovely, effervescent and wild.
Thank you so much to Ellie for answering our questions, you are an inspiration! Ellie's articles can be found here and you can follow her on twitter @elliebothwell
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