Lincoln graduate realises Florida dream


When Lincoln alumna Amber Sumpter, MA Journalism, 2014, came to the University from Tucson, Arizona, she gained the knowledge, skills and experience she needed to pursue her dream of breaking into broadcast news.

Since graduating, Amber’s perseverance, talent and resilience in one of the most competitive industries around has secured her a position as a news assistant with Florida-based television news channel Ivanhoe Broadcast News — the start of a career that she hopes will see her rise through the ranks into a broadcast production role.

Amber was keen to praise the teaching and guidance that she received at Lincoln, which she feels have given her a platform from which she can go on to achieve her ambitions.

“While I studied at Lincoln I met some amazing lecturers who have real world experience in reporting and producing stories. They not only taught us how to do it ourselves, but gave examples of the mistakes they made and how we could avoid them," said Amber.


During her time at Lincoln, Amber was able to complete a number of modules that really honed her skills and prepared her for a position within such a demanding industry. She was also thankful for the range of work experience opportunities that she was able to complete during her time here, which she believes will be of huge value in her future career.

“I did as much travelling as I could while I attended Lincoln and my course gave me the opportunity to visit numerous places in England. I went to Leeds for a PR internship, London for a television production internship and I even walked up Steep Hill at 4am every Tuesday for an internship at BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

“Those are the amazing things that I get to put on my CV and share with future opportunities to show that I'm willing to travel outside of my comfort zone, able to settle into new surroundings quickly and work hard.”

As an international student Amber also had an amazing opportunity to embrace a different culture here in Lincoln.

"As I'm from the States, the most enjoyable part of my course was immersing myself in the amazing British culture. As much as I love the beautiful red cobblestone streets of Lincoln, Steep Hill's famous shops and the Lincoln Cathedral, it's the people I will never forget.

“I still remember my first day at Lincoln. It was such an incredible experience sharing my culture with all of my new friends and learning first-hand about numerous aspects of British life. There wasn't really a time where I ever felt homesick. I just wanted to soak in every second I could while I was there.

 “I would recommend Lincoln to anyone looking for adventure as well as a second place to call home. Lincoln is a beautiful town with a lot surrounding it. A weekend away or a weekend in, you'll always have something to do.”

To find out more about the experiences of our international alumni visit our website here.






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Story credits: Adam Toyne

August 2015

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