Value everyone

Quote of the day.


‘Your network, is your net worth’


The Editor and Founder of Amor Magazine UK, Ruby Mae Moore, passed on this nugget of wisdom to me last month.

It reminded me that we shouldn’t be quick to shun away those who pass us by and those we might see as frivolous, “nobodies” or irrelevant in the moment.

We sometimes find we’ll get to places we want to be, through our networks.

Rumour has it, successful people make time to find and build networks, while everyone else is busy just finding work.

I guess you never know where your 8 year old bestie from Maths class could be in twenty years time. This quote reminds me that it’s always worth making the extra effort to stay in touch long after you’ve known someone.



#HeForShe Campaign

“So much potential remains untapped”   Since her appointment in July 2014 last year, Emma Watson, British actress turned UN Women Goodwill Ambassador – has encouraged a new audience to break down the barriers prohibiting gender-equality. Fierce Watson is back, building … Continue reading

National Takeover Day 2014

Taking Over The Wallace Collection in London!

As featured on ‘Kids In Museums‘.

Pupils aged 8 to 11 years old from local state St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School are taking over The Wallace Collection museum on Friday 21st November 2014.

This is part of National Takeover Day, for one day only children and young people are being giving the chance to shadow jobs, serve customers and get involved in decision-making.

I went along to The Wallace Collection to find out more about their involvement in the national day.

See my radio report below:

Reporting for City News

“Ashna Hurynag. City News”

As part of my journalism course, every Thursday we make an as-live news programme called ‘City News’.

Yesterday, I joined up with two other peers to form our mini news squad. Our task was to go out and fetch a story in order to build a television news package to fit into the live show.



We decided to pursue the story of Camden Council launching a new petition to get fairer compensation for residents of the Borough who’s housing will be affected by the new High Speed 2 railway line.

With some luck, raw journalistic talent and haphazard FCP editing skills, here’s what came of our newsgathering.


University, done. Now what?

As seen on Girls Talk London ( Published 19th August 2014.

While you’re rigorously studying for a Shakespeare exam, life after university and the working world seem so far away that you need not worry about them. But suddenly before you have time to even consider the future – your life is thrust into your hands and you find yourself with a degree and your whole life ahead of you. ashgrad

I find myself in this exact position. Except, unlike many of my fellow graduates, I had resourcefully managed to tailor every part of my university student experience to what I wanted to do when I left. That’s my top tip for you university students, plan ahead. You may not know what exactly you want to do as a job, but you need to have an idea of the industry you want to enter – is it Finance, Media, Law or? For me, I was intent on a career in the Media. Whilst at university I ensured every activity and project I undertook outside my studies was purely Media related. I knew I needed extra-curricular activities that had a media thread running through them, because in the industry I wanted to flourish in, an English Literature degree just wasn’t going to make me stand out from the crowd.


It’s daunting, stepping out into this ‘world of work’ that old people speak of. I always imagined it as an ominous world filled with businessmen and women dressed in sharp suits from M&S and dapper shoes from Clarks. It seemed like a whole new universe of dreary routine and misery. But positivity is paramount in climbing the career ladder and it is with an open mind that I enter the next chapter of my profession.

There are so many paths available to you once the university portal closes. You can apply for a graduate trainee scheme, find a graduate job or continue with education. These are easier said than done, and all require a significant amount of time and effort. For many jobs and postgraduate courses you need to apply for these prior to graduating, this may add another level of stress to exam period but believe me it’s worth it. Some of my lucky friends had job offers before they even sat their first exam!


Contrary to popular belief the job market is dense, if you look in the right places and make yourself out to be the hottest candidate on the market. Sell yourself and don’t sell yourself short. Be proud of what you’ve accomplished at university! It’s made you who you are today, and three years of independence has allowed you to blossom into a young, employable person.

For me, I’ve chosen to commit to one more year in education. I’ve been itching to dive into this particular Masters course since I started my Bachelor degree. I’ve always known I’d want to become a Broadcast Journalist and the Postgraduate course I am starting in September I hope will fulfil that ambition. Continuing with education may not be for everyone, but my chosen course balances vocational, practical elements with theory and law – so I hope it will facilitate me to become an ethical, competent Asian, female journalist who is proud of her working class background.

I’m nervous and excited to start this new journey, but turning my back on university hasn’t been easy. I’ve often been guilty of looking back at photos from Fresher’s Week and of Googling the university name in an effort to reconnect with the place I loved so dearly for three years. Letting go is tough, and I feel some pressure to suddenly be a grown up. My life has spread it’s self out before me like a blank canvas and it’s time for me to pick up the paintbrush and start mapping out my journey.

Good luck to you all, and as Walt Disney once said – if you can dream it, you can do it.


Results Day

Didn’t get the results you were expecting?

Don’t be disheartened. Your time will come, and even if your results are dire, please remember that A-Level’s are not the only route to success.

Put the paper back in the envelope and face up to the reality of your results. There’s no denying relatives will want to know your grades immediately and don’t be afraid or ashamed to admit what you received.

Did you know academics weren’t Sir Alan Sugar forte, and that Eamonn Holmes didn’t go to university? Not to mention Jeremy Clarkson received C, U and U in his A-Levels.

The path to your dream career is hardly ever straight forward. Twists and turns are to be expected. Think of them as a challenge and something you need to overcome to get on the next rung of the ladder.

So if you didn’t get into university, consider the options ahead of you. Go through Clearing, speak to a member of the UCAS Helpline and perhaps look at Higher Education courses offered at Colleges ie. Diplomas and Apprenticeships.

Also don’t be put off by taking a year out, or going back to College to re-sit your A-Levels if university is where you want to go. Sometimes by taking a gap year and using the time off to do ample work experience, voluntary work or travelling can make all the difference when it comes to writing your personal statement next year.

Long story short, keep your head up and remember that exams aren’t a true measure of your talent or ambition.


Le Fin.

On 12th May, I handed in my last ever, English assignment at Royal Holloway. finito

21,000 words had been written over the course of four weeks and I was glad to see the back of them. Although, for once I really felt like I’d put my all into the final two essays. One about discussing the significance of ‘eyes’ in Dickens’ work, and (as disgusting as it sounds) the second was about discussing the depiction of ‘sweat’ in Christopher’s Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta.

Handing in my final undergraduate essays was a poignant feat; I couldn’t believe it was all over. It had all culminated to this precise moment. I was overwhelmed with a sense of relief, dumfounded-ness and exhaustion.

After a celebratory hug with a friend, and in managing to compose myself instead of breaking down into tears of joy, we skipped along the English corridor and I exclaimed ‘Oh my god, we’ll never walk this corridor ever again!’ But to my disdain, my friend was quick to point out that in fact we would be setting foot in the department again…on results day. But, I’m not thinking about that right now.

We spent the next few hours dozing in the Founders Quad surrounded by the other fellow English students who has also finished. We were all buzzing, by I was still in a dazed state of incredulity – had I really just finished my degree?

Our day then continued in Windsor, as we walked around the town, shopping, eating and laughing carelessly.

These next few months will be surreal – new chapters are beginning and when September crawls back round, it really will be strange to not be returning to Holloway’s beautiful grounds once again.

But until then, I’ve got a Summer Ball, Graduation ceremony, red-carpet premieres, festivals and a holiday to attend – so I best not dwell on the future.

I’m also back in the spirit of writing so see you (very) soon!