Meet our new board member: Stephanie Bagnall

 

Stephanie is a first year English and Theatre student, and our new Deputy Features Editor! She talks to our Editor, Holly Pyne, about why she joined The Orbital.

Why did you choose Royal Holloway?

I chose Royal Holloway because I really liked the joint honours course and being so close to London for a drama student is great, but I also wanted a beautiful green campus! I loved the feeling of community here, and I fell in love with founders library!

Why did you get involved with The Orbital?

I really want to get involved and get experience with any form of writing and media. I love to write and create work with other people, but also wanted to opportunity to meet new people too, so Orbital is perfect for me.

What do you hope to achieve within the section?

I hope to achieve a great experience as well as a great section! I’m looking forward to getting to know the other journalists and being able to work together and create some interesting pieces of writing. As a drama student, I love the energy that’s made when group work is underway and ideas circulate and grow, so I am really excited for our section to get generating thoughts and generally hoping to achieve interesting issues that people want to read about

What is your favourite part of journalism, or writing generally?

Writing in general is wonderful because of the freedom it allows you to have, but in relation to journalism specifically I would say my favourite part would be the fact that your writing could open other opinions to a reader. Maybe an article of yours changes someone’s perception of an event, or illuminates another side of an argument to an issue etc. I find it really fascinating

What has been your favourite part of your “Orbital experience” so far?

So far it would be going to Question Time and giving a report of that because it was so fun! Really amazing turnout and a great variety of questions that really tested the panel and lots of subjects that were taken up were ones that I felt strongly about. It was nice to be able to hear debate on such big issues in our own university and to have my own opinion.

What are you most looking forward to this year, Orbital or otherwise?

I’m really looking forward to getting into London and going to the theatres much as possible! In terms of Orbital, I’m excited for ‘Come in Your Socs’ (although I have no idea what I will dress up as yet.

What is your one bit advice for aspiring journalists, like yourself?

Just to really put yourself out there. The reason why I got deputy of features is because I got lucky and took a chance on a whim. Say yes to opportunities, even if it seems daunting. You’ll never get progress if you don’t get out of your comfort zone.

Why did you choose Royal Holloway?

I chose Royal Holloway because I really liked the joint honours course and being so close to London for a drama student is great, but I also wanted a beautiful green campus! I loved the feeling of community here, and I fell in love with founders library!

Why did you get involved with The Orbital?

I really want to get involved and get experience with any form of writing and media. I love to write and create work with other people, but also wanted to opportunity to meet new people too, so Orbital is perfect for me.

What do you hope to achieve within the section?

I hope to achieve a great experience as well as a great section! I’m looking forward to getting to know the other journalists and being able to work together and create some interesting pieces of writing. As a drama student, I love the energy that’s made when group work is underway and ideas circulate and grow, so I am really excited for our section to get generating thoughts and generally hoping to achieve interesting issues that people want to read about

What is your favourite part of journalism, or writing generally?

Writing in general is wonderful because of the freedom it allows you to have, but in relation to journalism specifically I would say my favourite part would be the fact that your writing could open other opinions to a reader. Maybe an article of yours changes someone’s perception of an event, or illuminates another side of an argument to an issue etc. I find it really fascinating.

What has been your favourite part of your “Orbital experience” so far?

So far it would be going to Question Time and giving a report of that because it was so fun! Really amazing turnout and a great variety of questions that really tested the panel and lots of subjects that were taken up were ones that I felt strongly about. It was nice to be able to hear debate on such big issues in our own university and to have my own opinion.

What are you most looking forward to this year, Orbital or otherwise?

I’m really looking forward to getting into London and going to the theatres much as possible!

What is your one bit advice for aspiring journalists, like yourself?

Just to really put yourself out there. The reason why I got deputy of features is because I got lucky and took a chance on a whim. Say yes to opportunities, even if it seems daunting. You’ll never get progress if you don’t get out of your comfort zone.

 

Photography credit: Cameron James Seymour