Alumni Interview with Upasana Makati, Founder & Publisher, White Print

Posted on 10 June 2013 by BMMBoxer

My Name is: Upasana Makati

BMM College: Jai Hind College

BMM Specialisation: Journalism

Currently Working at: Founder & Publisher, White Print

Q1. Does being a BMMite give you an edge over others in the field of media?

The experience and exposure that a BMM student might get through the projects, shoots, trips, college fests can certainly be of great use when he or she enters the real world.

Q2. Do the subjects in BMM help you know the reality of the job? Is there any place for theory in the creative world?

Well, a few subjects in BMM and textbooks may not really be applicable in the real world. However, in my opinion having theoretical knowledge is very essential since it helps you build a great foundation. Once the theory is powerful, application and grasping practical skills becomes an easier task. Knowingly or unknowingly you do end up using or referring to the theory you once studied in the three years of BMM or even before that in school or college. Having said that, the practical skills that each job demands cannot be learnt from any textbook. Experience can be your only tutor.

Q3. BMM or BMM from a particular college? Does it make a difference?

Definitely BMM from a particular college. The quality of projects and faculty is of utmost importance in a course like BMM. After hearing stories from students of BMM from other colleges, I certainly feel that my experience in Jai Hind was extremely enriching, quality driven and exciting.

Q4. Internships during colleges – are they relevant in the long run?

Internships are like a trailer to a film. They can certainly give you a taste of the field and help you make decisions about your future. It might help you decide if you are cut out for taking up a job in a particular sector. Also, how seriously and honestly you deal with an internship is also a crucial factor. You need to be sincere and go with an intention of extracting the most out of it.

Q5. Work Experience or Higher Studies? What’s your pick? Why?

For me work experience comes before further education. What a job can teach you, books cannot. Once you have a strong foundation, working for a while can only make the further education more meaningful and gratifying. Understanding of theory must be followed by its application in the real world. You can extract the maximum out of the higher education only once you are aware about the nuances of the real world.

Tips for BMMBoxers:

BMM is…A tumultuous three-year journey!

Your favourite subjects in BMM: Marketing, Management, Journalism & Public Opinion and Understanding Cinema.


5 Must-Follow Tips for BMMites:

  • Live the three years of BMM to the fullest
  • Participate in every college fest!
  • Don’t stick to text books
  • Don’t try finding the meaning of the word ‘Creative’. You won’t find it!
  • Explore, Experiment and Enjoy

Current BMM students can connect with you on: You could write to me at upasana@whiteprint.in or drop in a message on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/WhitePrint

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