Sarah Jenkins will be combining her background in politics and economics with a Master’s degree in media and communications at Sciences-Po in Paris
Sarah Jenkins, a French government bursary holder and UCT graduate, has recently arrived in France in order to pursue her Masters in communications, media and creative industries at the prestigious Sciences-Po school in Paris. Not only does Sarah have a deep love for French culture, she is also set on reaching her goal to develop communication strategies for NGOs upon completion of her Masters. Read Campus France in South Africa’s interview with Sarah below:
1. Please introduce yourself: where are you from, where did you study, and what will you be studying in France?
My name is Sarah Jenkins. I am 23 and originally from Johannesburg. I completed my undergraduate at UCT in politics, philosophy and economics and a postgraduate Honours degree in justice and transformation. I will be doing my Masters in communications, media and creative industries at Sciences Po’s Paris campus starting in September.
2. What made you pursue your studies in France? / What draws you to France?
At 16 I went on a three-month exchange there. Living in the small town of Poitiers, I fell in love with the complexities and quirks of the French culture as well as acquired an adoration for potent cheese. I have gone back to France subsequently for holidays and language courses. From Bordeaux to Paris to Nice, every corner of the country offers something different and yet, something exactly the same. A sense of a home away from home. These trips were where the foundation was laid and I have been researching studying opportunities there for a while.
3. Is there a particular reason you chose the city you are going to?
I prioritised the university and the degree that best suited my interests over the city. However, finding my ideal course at a renowned institution and this being in a firecracker city like Paris only strengthened my resolve that this was the right decision.
4. Where did you find out about the scholarship program?
I found out about the scholarship through word of mouth and a lot of research.
5. What about your stay in France are you particularly looking forward to?
I am looking forward to the adventure of being out of my comfort zone, meeting new and exciting people and learning a language fluently. Oh, and the morning croissants!
6. Career-wise, what would you like this experience to hold for you upon your return from France?
The degree that I am doing will provide me with the vocational skills to pinpoint communication strategies for NGOs as well as provide me with an extensive network which I can draw on.
I am so grateful for the opportunity that this scholarship has allowed and the continued support of my Campus France officers that make moving overseas a little less daunting! / End.
Find out more about the Masters in in communications, media and creative industries at Sciences Po by clicking here.
Source: Campus France South Africa