Published on March 3, 2014 | by Khadija Pandor


My American dream

Dija Pandor

Three years of studying journalism inspired Khadija to embark on a masters degree in political science [Khadija Pandoor]

2014 is the final year of my degree in BA Journalism.

My original plan, if you can call it that, was to do a three year degree and hopefully land a job in the industry within six months of graduating.

I came to UAL to turn my vision of being a well-known music journalist into reality.

I volunteered for an online music magazine when I was 16 for two years and then went travelling around Spain for a month before starting university.

To my 18-year-old self, it seemed like this was what I wanted for the rest of my life – to write with passion about the music I loved, hated and was a little bit indifferent about.

However, a lot changed in three years. I learned a lot more about myself than ever before, and I understood what was important to me.

Not just in close circles and personally but on a grander scale of things. I wanted to change the world for the better.

It’s always been a dream of mine. I thought I would do it alongside my music journalism; a sideline of humanitarian action so to speak.

Maybe dip my toes into the political field, which flared up so much anger and reaction in my revolutionary heart. Over the three years it became clear that this was my calling.

This was where I ought to be heading. Music journalism became less of a career path, and humanitarian action was taking centre stage.


I began researching my options. I knew a BA in journalism would be helpful, but not the best tool to get my foot in the door.

I started looking into law conversion courses and decided to discuss my choice with some of my friends, who were also applying for the same course.

This made me realise that I wanted to do a masters degree in political science.

I plan to apply for 2015-16 entry, taking a year out first to sort my life and health out.

I will be applying for my MA in the United States, hopefully managing to wrangle a scholarship – so far the Kennedy Trust Scholarship is looking very appealing.

I feel that this will not only help me complete my dream of changing the world for the better, but it will also give me a chance to travel and develop my level of knowledge.

The beauty of a postgraduate course is you don’t have to apply immediately after your BA, as it’s something that can be picked up later in life.

I look forward to the new and exciting opportunities which lies ahead and can’t wait to embark on this journey.


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