'Seize the power of opportunity', George Alagiah tells reporters

  • 15 October 2013
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George Alagiah posing with School Reporters Image copyright School Report
Image caption George Alagiah spoke to School Reporters at The Bridge Academy

George Alagiah came to the Bridge Academy today to give an inspirational speech to the Sixth Formers. During the speech he spoke about his life story, when he was younger and how he got into journalism. He said that, 'we should grab every opportunity that is available to us.'

George also mentioned in his speech that there will always be 'a little devil on your shoulder telling you that you can't do it but you will have to find the confidence to overcome it.' After the speech we got the privilege to interview him.

School Reporter: What were your first impressions of the Bridge Academy?

George: When I first walked in I was gobsmacked, I thought I was walking into a hotel because of the sofas and the canteen. I thought you were very privileged to attend a school like this.

George Alagiah speaks to School Reporters at The Bridge Academy in Hackney.

School Reporter: What advice would you give to Bridge Academy students who want to go into journalism in the future?

George: Journalism is about having an interest in people, wanting to be around people and wanting to tell their story. Also there are a lot of different degrees that you can take at university that link to journalism.

School Reporter: What did you want to be when you were younger?

George: I wanted to be an airline pilot because everyone used to travel in those days.

School Reporter: Have you enjoyed your visit to The Bridge academy?

George: Yes, it was great to meet you and I think that all of you are all going to do something special and I can't wait for it to unfold.

During George's speech and interview he had one overriding message: that we at Bridge should seize the power of opportunity.

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