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Master in Journalism in the USA: Brazilian tells her experience in Columbia

 A Columbia University , located in New York in the United States, is one of the most renowned in the world. And part of this reputation is due to its excellence in some areas, such as education and journalism. In fact, its graduate school in journalism, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, is one of the best in the world in the field - the QS Top Universities ranking places the institution as the 14th best in this discipline. In the following video, the Brazilian Ana Terra Athayde tells about her experience doing a master's degree in journalism in Columbia.

She talks about how she chose the institution to be her destination in the master's degree, how the application process went, and what the experience of studying there is like. She also gives tips to other Brazilians who are interested in applying for graduate programs in journalism at Columbia University. Check out!

Decision and application

Ana says she already knew Columbia's journalism school as a reference in her field. He graduated in 2009 and, in 2012, decided to take his master's degree there. As the institution offers a number of different master's programs, she talked to other people who had already studied there to understand which one had more to do with what she wanted. In the end, he opted for the Master of Arts.

The candidacy was still missing, which was a long process. According to Ana, there were three essays : one more focused on her professional experience; another, how the master's degree at Columbia could help her achieve her professional goals; the third, finally, had a more autobiographical aspect. Letters of recommendation , academic record and certificate of proficiency in English were also part of the process.

Class experience

The master's degree allows you to take classes in areas other than the one in which the student is graduating. In all cases, however, classes are well-rounded and require a lot of preparatory reading. In addition to classes, the university also promotes a series of events, which also represent good learning and networking opportunities.

After completing her studies, Ana says she got the OPT - an extension on her visa from the United States that allowed her to stay there longer, working and applying in practice what she learned at the university. He also took the opportunity to get to know the country and the main themes that were being discussed at the time.

Apart from the lessons learned in the classroom, Ana considers that the network of students and alumni of Columbia is also something positive that the master's degree brought her. “Nowadays I make a lot of partnerships, both in reporting and in documentaries, with former students at Columbia's journalism faculty or people I met from my master's degree,” he says.

For other Brazilians who also want to do a master's degree in journalism in Columbia, Ana recommends that they inform themselves with people who have already studied there. This helps to understand what the program can offer, and in that sense, getting in touch with the institution itself can be a good idea. Finally, she recommends dedication and perseverance, as it is a long process - but it is well worth it.

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