12th August 2020
This week York College is celebrating the hard work and resilience of hundreds of students awaiting their A Level and Vocational qualification results. Like many students, A Level student Yasmin Walker has gone the extra mile with her studies - spurred on by the Black Lives Matter campaign, she has been successful in getting an article published in Meridian; a new online student magazine.
The Meridian Magazine is a study YouTubers’ online publication that gives students the opportunity to write about global politics from a unique perspective. Yasmin explains: “I follow the magazine on social media and sent them an idea for an article, I was really pleased when they accepted my pitch.”
Yasmin’s article explores the argument; ‘At the ballot box everybody is equal, so why not in society?’, and how the recent BLM protests could impact how we vote at the next election.Read Yasmin's article here
Eighteen year old Yasmin, from Leeds, is studying Politics, Media and English Literature at York College. Since starting her A Level studies she has enjoyed politics and writing essays, and realised that she has a passion for journalism. Yasmin says: “The recent events with BLM and coronavirus made me do lots of research into it and I think the launch of the new student magazine, for me, made it seem like this was a chance for me to gain some experience. My friends were also a massive prompt and boosted my confidence when it came to pitching an article as I was very nervous as I had never done something like this before.
“Studying during lockdown has been very challenging, but my tutors have made it as easy to follow as possible and they have let us all know they are here for support. During lockdown I’ve had lots of free time to read and educate myself on current affairs and I felt that The Meridian, and the article I wrote, was a good opportunity to consolidate what I had learnt and create a starting point for what I would love to do in the future. I would love to go to university and study Politics and hopefully write more and more articles to build up my portfolio to eventually get a permanent job in political journalism.”
Adam Tomes, politics tutor at York College says: “It is fantastic to recognise the successes of our students, especially when they go beyond the curriculum, as Yasmin clearly has.”