Meet my neighbour in class, Nom Nom. We have been neighbours since the begininigg of this year and as such shared much mgozi over coffee in the mornings.
Me: How would you describe your outfit today?
Nomatter: Function over form. I had things to do, I had to get them done so I didn’t focus on looking good – ya I didn’t focus on the form, I just focused on the function.
Me: How would you describe your style in general?
Nomatter: Hobo chic and then every now and again, you know, I throw some niceness in the mix.
Me: Now that we’ve broken the ice, are you sure about this journalism thing?
Nomatter: I’m sure about journalism, I am surer than I have ever been about anything in my life. I think, well I know for a fact that I’m not going to be a print journalist but anything else definitely goes.
Me: That said, if you weren’t doing what you doing this, what would you be doing?
Nomatter: I think I would be pursuing drama, acting kinda vibes.
Me: How have you found your honours year?
Nomatter: Very challenging and very real – also very realistic. It has forced me to look at things in a different way than I see them in my head.
Me: What’s been the most challenging thing and the most rewarding thing for you this year?
Nomatter: Having to be the journalist that I want to be, in a newsroom of 16 other personalities. Often people pooled onto the one side and I was often on the other, so it was a challenge for me to still be myself and still be a part of the team.
The most rewarding thing I suppose has been achieving that. I was able to remain myself in the course and nurture the journalist I want to be in the future, without having to be the typical serious kind of journalist.
Me: Where will you be next year and what will you be doing?
Me: How would you describe #teamvuvu in three words?
Nomatter: Loud, consistent and dynamic.
Me: A word of advice for the incoming team for 2014?
Nomatter: Always be prepared to put up a fight, write from your heart and filter the white noise. A lot of people are going to have a lot of things to say but you can’t let them get to you.