How did you find your time at Queen Mary? Really enjoyable, obviously when you are studying in London it's easy to get distracted and pulled into the capital city so I was always really impressed that, despite the hive of activity outside of campus, so many of us stayed social and active on campus grounds. The university, from my perspective, fostered a unique space for learning and personal development but also socialising.
What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary? Aside from taking home an impressive degree from a fantastic university, I would say a diverse group of friends and a huge amount of confidence. I was prepared for the "real world" - studying in London does that for you. I'm still in touch with so many of my friends from uni and at times we have helped and supported each other.
What, in your opinion, makes Queen Mary special? For me, as a person from a minority background (both of my parents are from Ghana), I really adored the diversity of the student body and the spectrum of courses, in addition to quite a flexible learning model, but also the grounds themselves. It's quite easy to spend an entire day at the Mile End campus and not get bored.
How have your studies at Queen Mary helped or influenced your career? The credibility of my degree and the cache of studying at such a well known university definitely helped, but probably in more intangible ways - as I moved into fashion I definitely think there is a certain gravitas from holding an academic degree, even if I didn't always see that when I was studying.
How did you get in to the job that you are doing now? There was no one route - networking, work experience, social circles, research - I can't lock it down to just one particular thing but rather a sum of parts.
What have been the most interesting and challenging aspects of your job? I would definitely say that working in the fashion industry involves constant change and adaptation, by its nature fashion is impossible to keep up with. That's actually what I love about it! In addition, I would say travelling and meeting extremely interesting and dynamic people.
What do you do when you are not at work? I try and keep fit, I love writing - I've just finished my first book, it's a dystopian novel for young adults - and hanging out with my family and friends. Pretty standard stuff!
Are you in touch with any alumni from your year? Yes, definitely.
Your plans for the future: As I mentioned, I've just finished my first book so I'm looking forward to going to the stages of editing and getting that ready for print and publication. Apart from that, moving forward with my clothing label and, of course, a little bit of travel, growth and development, year on year.
Anything else you would like to tell us? Just to keep up with what I'm working on through my personal site: www.samataangel.com
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