About jonesphi

Studying an MSc in Public Policy and Administration with particular interest in issues of narratives and orthodoxies. A natural blonde with an RBF hailing from Cape Town, South Africa. Pretzel enthusiast, keen baker and avid procrasticrafter.

Advice to incoming students from an MSc survivor

Before I begin, I know you’re stressed. Don’t worry, you’ll be okay. Just breathe. You deserve this.

As I write this, I’m a few days away from celebrating/commiserating one year of living in London, and thought it would be useful/cathartic to write the post I wish I’d read 12 months ago.

It’s worth noting that I might have ignored all this […]

September 18th, 2017|Student life|2 Comments|
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    ‘Distinctive, dynamic, illuminating and challenging’ : Reflecting on my Parliamentary Internship

‘Distinctive, dynamic, illuminating and challenging’ : Reflecting on my Parliamentary Internship

This post was originally published on the LSE Government Blog

The interview for my internship was one of the most intimidating experiences of my time in London (so far). This was not due to a severe interviewer or an intense line of questioning but rather from my sheer awe at the House of Lords itself. In my personal, professional and […]

Student Perspectives on the Women’s March: Emma

The future is female.

The past is female.

Female is fluid.

Female is flawed.

God, I love puns.

These were some of the thoughts that struck me while attending the Women’sMarch in London this past Saturday. Back home in South Africa, I have been involved in a few marches and protests, but nothing to this scale – The news reported over 100,000 people attended […]

Being Interdisciplinary with Tinned Tomatoes

A reflection on trying to branch out from your field using the metaphor of 3 student-friendly recipes with a tin of tomatoes. The tinned tomatoes are a metaphor. For being versatile. Like being interdisciplinary. Get it? Got it. Good.
Moving on.

Let’s talk about being interdisciplinary (or trying to), that is, relating to more than one field/branch/discipline of knowledge. Here are […]

January 17th, 2017|Student life|0 Comments|

President Trump: It can be okay.

[Disclaimer: Hillary is not perfect, and I don’t suggest she is, but we cannot ignore the danger of what Trump’s win means for minorities, immigrants, women, LGBTI people and many others who have felt the brunt of his and his supporters’ rhethoric, as well as the rhetoric of those who follow and promote the same principles and values globally.]
Herewith […]

November 10th, 2016|Student life|0 Comments|

Prestige and Panic: The Ups and Downs of an LSE Acceptance

Once I had my unconditional acceptance and had committed to uprooting my life to move to another hemisphere, I broke the news to my broader network via Facebook, like the true Millennial that I am.  I was immediately inundated with congratulations (to be expected) but also a considerable number of people advising caution – “London is so expensive”, “It’s […]

October 20th, 2016|Student life|0 Comments|

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