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Zion Lights (BA English 2005)

Tell us briefly about yourself and career.

Author of nonfiction science-based book The Ultimate Guide to Green Parenting. Writes for The Huffington Post. Contributing Editor of JUNO magazine. Blogs at Sustainable Science: A Biodegradable Family's Journey.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?

I liked the feel of the campus, it's proximity to London and the ethical scene in Reading.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

The local music scene and the amazing activist network, especially thanks to Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC).

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

Get stuck in! You can never read too much. Discuss, debate, and don't be afraid to take a stand. University is about more than just your qualification: it shapes who you are. Enjoy it!

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

I'm now a writer and magazine editor. I got here through my love of English, and a couple of key lecturers at Reading definitely helped to fuel my passion for that.

How has the University of Reading and the Careers Centre helped in your chosen career path?

Some of the lecturers on my course helped through challenging me to sharpen my thinking, and providing inspiration.

What are your top tips for students graduating this year? What should they be doing to secure the job they want?

Do what you love. Build on the skills you have. Remember that there is value in creative industries as well, ie the arts. If you love it, you will find a way to do it.

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

This is a tricky question as I have so many great memories. But probably it would have to be discussing great literature with my closest friends, all of whom I met on my course and are still close friends today, and feeling that those ideas could really take us somewhere. Ultimately I suppose they did!

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