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Shona Bhattacharyya '01, Journalist in France, Visits Campus
Shona Bhattacharyya '01, Journalist in France, Visits Campus
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"Attending an all-girls school was so good for me," Shona Bhattacharyya '01 shared with students at a lunch panel on April 27. At Agnes Irwin, "The best person at math was a girl; the best person at soccer was a girl; the best actor was a girl — so when I left, I didn't compare myself to boys in that way. It gave me such self-confidence."

A 2006 graduate of Brown University, where she majored in Development Studies, Bhattacharyya earned her M.S. in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics, and is now a journalist at France 24, an international news station in Paris. Her work ranges from editing, writing and voicing stories using footage from around the world to doing on segments on air and live reporting.

Bhattacharyya returned to Agnes Irwin this week to speak with Upper School students about her post-Agnes Irwin life as part of the Alumnae Luncheon Series, a collaboration between the Alumnae Office and the Business Leadership Club that seeks to introduce students to Agnes Irwin graduates in a variety of career fields.

She shared with students some stories from her early post-college years, including a few life lessons learned from challenges she faced. "You can't control others, but you can control how you react to them," she advised, sharing about a challenging former work environment. She also encouraged students to explore new ideas and topics in college, "dive into the deep end" in their careers, and be careful to maintain professional working relationships.

While on campus, Bhattacharyya — who was born in France and is bilingual — also spoke with AP French students, discussing topics such as immigration and the importance of creating relationships with people in one's field, all in French.