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Dear Hope, if you were hosting a dinner party and you could have five dinner guests, dead or alive, who would you invite?
My first guest would be Sir David Attenborough, I bet he has so many stories to tell. I have read his book Adventures of a Young Naturalist and I was in awe of his journey to different countries and seeing animals for the first time. To hear his life journey from being a broadcaster, a naturalist, all the way to becoming an advocate to save the planet and its species. My next guest would be Alexandra Shulman, the former editor of Vogue. Again, I learnt all about her journey has Vogue’s editor from reading her book Inside Vogue. It was so interesting to read about what an editor actually does; the networking Shulman did and all the stories from events she had to attend would be amazing to listen to. Reading this book is one of the major reasons why I changed my mind and wanted to go into the editing side of journalism.
My next two would be Prince Harry and Prince Charles. Not for my own personal gain, although it would be good to hear all the banter, but those two need a talk somewhere on neutral ground. The media has been full of shots fired from both sides, with the Oprah interview and Charles addressing the media. With what the world has gone through in the past year, the last thing people need is their family falling apart. Also, who better in the world to mediate a conversation other than Sir David Attenborough. My final guest would be Ryan Reynolds, simply because my dinner guests so far seem pretty serious and the place may need lightening up a little. His movies and interviews are hilarious, so you can tell he has a good sense of humour. Also, I would love to hear all the celebrity tea that guy knows.
Hope… Who is your hero?
As cliché and cheesy as this will sound, my hero has to be my Mum. There is no one else who makes me laugh as much, no one else I can be completely open with and no one else I can cry to other than my Mum. If you looked at us stood next to each other and saw the way we acted, you would say we were exactly the same person. I have had many low moments in my life and my Mum has always been there to lift me back up. For example, there was one time I was in absolute pieces about something I had thought happened to me (a tad too personal to say, sorry readers) and I rang my Mum and sobbed down the phone. My Mum, who was in the middle of her shift, raced back home from work to help calm me down and talk to me about the experience. There will never be anyone else quite like my Mum and I do not want there to be.
Hi Hope… What motivates you?
There are numerous things that motivate me but there are two main ones that are on my mind a lot, the first being my future. Whenever I reach a slump during my university or placement, I always think to myself: “Hope, what do you want your future to look like?” Then I remind myself that I want to go into editing, that I want an amazing CV that they cannot refuse me and that I want to stand out among the journalism crowd. The next thing that motivates me is my family. When I am older, in a secure job and earning a decent amount of money, I want to be able to support them. I want to be able to make sure I can financially help my Mum if she ever needs it and I want to be able to give my younger siblings the best life.
Hope! What was your highest moment since starting The Student Aspect?
My highest moment would probably have to be when Lily showed me the map of all the countries that read our magazine and it showed that nearly the whole world did. It made me realise how far our work has come, the fact that people from all over the world read our magazine. When we first started last September, If you asked me if people in Russia and China would be reading our articles, I would have laughed. Obviously I had high hopes for the magazine but I only thought that we had the potential to be national, never international. It really boosted my moral for the magazine and made me feel really good about what I am doing and what the group is doing.