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Catching up with...Emily Frances Gales

Kingston alumni Emily Frances Gale

Editor: content and pedagogy at BBC Worldwide in Hong Kong.

When were you at Kingston and what did you study?

I completed my PGCE at Kingston in 2007. It was a very full-on course, but the lecturers made the lessons really good fun and there was lots of support on offer throughout the school placements.

Why did you choose Kingston?

I  was living at home with my parents and could drive to Kingston easily from there. The PGCE course had been recommended by a few different colleagues and I liked its proximity to London too.

What do you remember about your time at Kingston? In three words.  

Busy, friendly and supportive.

Are you still in touch with anyone from your Kingston days?

Yes, I've kept in touch with a few buddies from my PGCE. I actually went out to visit primary schools in Uganda with some uni friends straight after the course finished. The trip was organised through the University and was a really amazing experience, of which I have very fond memories.

What did you expect to do after graduating? Are you still doing that now?

Teach. I have to teach from time to time in my current job, which is great. I miss being in the classroom but it really is full on!

What's your greatest achievement?

Moving abroad and setting up a new life in Hong Kong.

What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?

I know it's boring but start saving money, asap.

What last made you laugh?

Skyping with my 6 month old niece.

What's your ideal weekend?

Hiking over to a nice beach with friends (probably Tai Long Wan out in the new Territories of Hong Kong). Then having a swim and a big BBQ and if it isn't hot, camping over night on the beach. Followed by a relaxing Sunday, reading a good book and drinking lots of tea.

You are to live out your final days on a desert island…

Who would you take with you and why? (one person only)

Uhh, Bear Grylls?

What book would you take and why?

Kafka on the Shore or anything by Haruki Murakami. I can read his books over and over and find something new every time.

What movie would you take and why?

Spirited Away because it's so calming and beautiful.

What food item would you take and why?

A lifetime's supply of cheese and plenty of tea bags (can I have two?).

Tell us something would never guess about you.

When I first arrived in Hong Kong I took a part time job as a children's party entertainer. I went by the name of Princess Emily, it was a bit of a low point, but I can laugh about it now!

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