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As The National Student closes its doors at the end of the week, current Books and Theatre editor Georgie Rowe tells us what the platform means to her.

About two and a half years ago, a friend made a suggestion that changed the trajectory of my university experience. At the time I had no idea that writing articles for an internet news site would impact my life to such an extent. I am so glad that I followed their advice.

What began as writing articles soon became applying to be an assistant editor, as a position opened up and it seemed like a dream gig: commissioning articles within the genre of ‘Arts and Theatre’. I got the job, and slowly settled into a routine that shaped my timetable during university. 

I would go to lectures, and then stay on campus editing articles for The National Student instead of heading back to halls. Staying on campus also meant that I was far more productive in my university work, as I would do assigned readings days ahead (instead of the morning of seminars) and start work on essays earlier than the night before hand-in. Having this job gave my life a structure that a humanities degree left me lacking, and I will be forever grateful for it.

This job has also given me a sense of purpose, during three years that have turned my life plans upside down. When I arrived at university, I was 100% sure that I wanted a career in publishing, having dabbled in book review blogging as a teen. But in my second year, I attended a publishing careers talk and had the stark realisation that the job was no longer something I wanted.

Whilst journalism had never been something I’d considered, having my job at The National Student throughout this identity crisis allowed me to remember that I didn’t have to follow the path I carved out for myself at sixteen. I had discovered other passions and talents that I didn’t know were possible since then.

Working as an editor for The National Student has also given me a great deal of confidence in both my writing and editing skills that I didn’t have before. Whilst the work undertaken for an undergraduate degree certainly also developed these skills, having a steady stream of work to complete for The National Student (and being aware that many more people would read these articles than my essays) definitely advanced them too.

Finally, the opportunities that this job has provided me have been beyond my wildest dreams. Whilst working with The National Student,  I’ve interviewed my favourite musician, seen more theatre shows than I can count, and had my work read by thousands of people. And that’s something I’ll never forget.




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