Monica Magpantay, MSc Social and Public Communication (2020) | LinkedIn
I chose MSc in Social and Public Communication because I wanted to feel more certain about my communication skills. I knew I had the soft skills for communicationss, but before graduate school, I had always approached it from a creative point of view. Hence, I was adamant to infuse more deliberate measures to my craft because I really wanted to understand other factors that drive communications, for example: journalism, post-truth, and technology. As this programme is under the Psychological and Behavioural Sciences department, I had tremendous confidence that I was on the right track. My dissertation has actually been very useful to me as I continue to discuss its results with some journalists I know. They are very open to new information that could help make journalism more robust.
Analysis, technical reading, and writing were the main skills I gained from this programme. That sounded very generic, but these skills proved very useful and efficient now that I am directing, managing, and strategizing with a communications team at the Philippine Senate. I feel more relaxed and composed at my job knowing that I am operating on the basis of qualitative and quantitative studies that I encountered when I was in class, writing my essays, and of course, researching for my dissertation. The library access, while it was only available to me for half the school year, is such a tremendous advantage especially for practitioners of the social sciences.
The highlight of my time at LSE was meeting my cohorts, definitely. I had the best time building meaningful connections with them. I was embraced by a culturally diverse group so I felt very encouraged to explore and ideate projects with them. Our shared learning experience may have been cut short by the lockdowns, but I will treasure our network forever.
The highlight of my time in London, however, was the lockdown. In the beginning, everything felt hopeless and constricting, with all the activities and places closed down. Plus, I was very long way from home. As a journalist, I found some solace making vlogs in between writing my essay and dissertation.