Sofia Mariana Nurfajri
Indonesian student Sofia, who is originally from Bekasi in Indonesia, is studying the MLitt Media and Communication course at Strathclyde. Learn about her experiences and why she chose to study here.
Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?
Scotland is very beautiful and has been my top destination since the first time I aspired to study abroad. I’m a government public relations officer in my home country, Indonesia, and in order to develop my career, it’s important for me to upgrade my capacity in relevant communication fields. The University of Strathclyde is named as the best university in Scotland for communication and media studies with an affordable expense.
What do you enjoy most about your course?
In my course, I learn media and communication subjects that are very applicable in my workplace later. My most favourites would be Digital Communication & Society and Strategic Communication which explore the implications and futures of digital communication, as well as explore of how to produce persuasive communication. At any rate, my course gives me many exciting things to learn, especially from an international context which is a real eye opener for me.
What advice would you give to a prospective student coming to study your course?
Given to the advanced environment of communication sector nowadays, study in my course at Strathclyde is the best choice as the learning modules are designed to be fit in this digital era and with the growing of communication industries.
What’s the best thing about studying at Strathclyde?
Every class here is very supporting to new ideas and the lecturers are very kind and approachable, so that as an international student, I don't feel any pressure or hesitate to develop my own interest in every assignment. Every student is actually encouraged to give any suggestions for the better lecture. Overall, it's been an enjoyable experience to study in my course at Strathclyde, not to mention that its campus is located in the heart of Glasgow, which filled with many attractions and friendly people.
What specialist knowledge/professional skills have you developed studying your course?
By studying my course, I’ve learnt how to develop a brand in online media in order to form a good image as well as managing the persuasive aspects of my communication.
How is your course helping to enhance your current career and prepare you for your future career?
In my current career as a government PR officer, I’m mostly assigned to jobs dealing with mass media and information dissemination. Based on some events, government often get cynical response in mass media and public when the situation is considered unfavourable. By upgrading my capability in the field of media and communication, I’ll have suitable capacity to analyse and formulate the most effective communication strategy in order to minimize negative sentiments toward government issues.
What are your ambitions for the future and how do you think your time at Strathclyde will help you achieve your goals?
I really want to give my most contribution to my institution, and generally for Indonesian government. My study experience and research at Strathclyde will definitely give me broader understanding towards my passion as PR practitioner.