Sarah first came to London by studying abroad in London in 2009 in the IES London Theatre Studies Programme. Here she is interviewed on how she went back and made her life as a playwright and creative professional in London.
IES Abroad: What is it like living in London? How did it feel to go back?
SK: Coming back to London was like letting out a breath you've been holding for a bit too long when your face starts to go all red. I felt relieved, excited, and unstoppable. If I could be in the place that I felt that I belonged in, I could do the things that were truly me without any hesitation. I absolutely love writing plays and channeling my experiences, questions, and struggles into hyperreal work, and I don't think I'd be as good at it anywhere else. Alongside writing, I'm very lucky to have the ability to work full-time growing companies with the right people as a Senior Talent Manager in the start-up sector. As writing is solitary and a slow-burner, it's great to channel my interest in making stuff happen in a fast-paced environment during my days.
IES Abroad: What advice would you give to study abroad students who want to work or study abroad? Are there any challenges to consider? Are there tools or resources students should be aware of?
SK: I won't lie, it's an incredibly hard process to stay in London with a lot of visa applications, hurdles, and hopes involved, but more than anything, it's important to take advantage of your time and learn as much as you can. I always believe that you're not growing unless you're uncomfortable. So take chances, try new things, and when you feel worried or uncomfortable, that's probably a good sign that you're learning and living. Try to not think too far ahead while you're studying abroad, and be aware that a lot of your ideas and wants will change throughout, but you'll find yourself and the answers when you need to.
IES ABROAD: Best piece of career advice you’ve ever received?
SK: Keep going. It's not a race!