Meet our Callers 2018

As part of our Bright Futures Annual Fund, the College runs a telephone camapaign every winter to reconnect with Alumni around the world and to ask for their financial support. The calls are made in London House by a team of our enthusiastic Members who look forward to sharing stories of Mecklenburgh Square, old and new.

Below you can meet this year's team of Members who called Alumni between 5th and 26th November.

Byron Taylor

I am in the first year of my PhD in Comparative Literature at University College London.

I am hoping to raise as much as possible for the College and to have a better knowledge of our alumni through the telephone campaign.

The Commemoration Day and the barbeque in the Mecklenburgh Square have become the highlights of my College life since my arrival. I am interested in finding out our alumni’s favourites memories of the College in the campaign

Sophie Sparrow

I am an opera singer from Whangarei, New Zealand currently in my first year of an Artist Masters in Vocal Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. I have been living at Goodenough College for the past two months and have really enjoyed everything on offer here.

I have already had the wonderful experience of singing in the FANZA Opera Evening hosted at Goodenough, singing with the new women ensemble The Good-Sirens, and attending amazing concerts at The Royal Albert Hall. I joined this campaign as I would love for other students from around the world to have the opportunity to experience London and Goodenough College while they study.

Qi Sun

I am currently living at Goodenough as a Member's partner.

Through the telephone campaign I would like to raise funds that help the College to sustain its establishment. I have many good memories of the College and I am interested in finding out about our alumni’s experiences.

Simon Perry

I am studying for a Master’s in Applied Linguistics at University College London.

I joined the telephone campaign as I want to give a little something back to the College after having received a scholarship myself.

It is great to explore the lives of the alumni and see what they did after leaving Goodenough College.

As I will one day become an alumnus it is a real pleasure to see what our alumni are now doing and how being at Goodenough College helped them along their way! I am really interested to hear about our alumni’s time here so I can compare it with my own.

Nur Qistina Tengku

I am studying for a Master’s in National Security Studies at King’s College London.

I decided to take part in the telephone campaign as I love sharing experiences with others and learning from them.

I hope to help the College keep alumni connected and inform them about the development of the College. It would be fantastic if alumni share their tips of how to make the most of the time at Goodenough College.

David Mahon

I am an LLM candidate at the London School of Economics, having moved to London from New Zealand in September.

Goodenough College has offered a wonderful community from the moment I arrived. It has made the transition to London very easy. I want to help to continue the community Goodenough has curated and ensure it remains strong and welcoming in the years to come. I believe that connecting with alumni is a key part of both the Goodenough experience and ensuring the community remains strong and unique to the College.

Karla Macias Gomez

I am studying for a Master’s in Big Data in Culture and Society at King’s College London.

Goodenough College inspires a strong sense of community by which you immediately ask what you can do for the community; and my way of contributing is to take part in the telephone campaign.

I want to gather support for the Members so everyone can be assured of a great experience at the College.

Goodenough College is not only a place where you feel safe and calm but also accompanied and supported. Therefore, alumni involvement and support is vital so Members can have a home away from home.

Miaomiao Li

I am studying for a Master’s in Law at King’s College London.

I joined the telephone campaign as a way of giving back to the College and to build relationships with other Members and alumni.

I enjoy every aspect of College life and I am sure our alumni feel the same. I would like to raise funds for the projects that make up the Goodenough experience so Members of future generations can benefit from it too.

Memta Jagtiani

I am doing a PhD in Social Media and Mental Health/Well-Being at University College London

I would like to contribute to the College by helping to raise funds that ensure Goodenough College remains a home away from home for every Member and that it retains its top-notch accommodation standard. It is also a fantastic opportunity to bond as part of the Goodenough family, both old and new.

I hope to speak to alumni to know more about their experiences at Goodenough College and to get to know fellow Member fundraisers.

Mariana Ibrahim

I am studying for a Master’s in Clinical and Public Health Nutrition at University College London.

I joined the telephone campaign because I want to give back to the College. I want to raise fund that enable other Members to get the same outstanding experience as the one I am currently having.

Through the campaign I want to remind our alumni of how great the College is and that Goodenough will always remain a home to them.

Arunima Gupta

I am studying for a Master’s in Architecture at Architectural Association School of Architecture.

I am taking part in the telephone campaign to connect with alumni from all over the world and to listen to the anecdotes of their fondest memories of Goodenough College and London.

Through the campaign I hope to learn about negotiation, improve my communication skills and broaden my social network.

I am looking forward to sharing the latest news of Goodenough with our alumni in the next couple of weeks.

Olivier Giguère

I am participating in this telephone campaign because I want to help ensure the future success of the College.

Not only do I want to raise as much funding as I can for the College but I would also like to make connections with College alumni.

I have only been at the College for over a month but my favourite memory of the College so far is attending the FANZA Opera night. I am honoured to be able to live alongside individuals with such a high degree of talent.

I believe that each Member of the college has had an impact on what the College is today and I would like to thank you for your contribution to this amazing establishment.

Louise Maria Giansante Martins

I have finished my Masters last year. I am currently living at Goodenough as a Member's partner.

I believe the telephone campaign is a great opportunity to hear from alumni about their experience while living at Goodenough. I think this campaign makes it possible to ensure each current and future Member will have great memories about their own experience when they leave.

Moving to another country can be challenging, but it was definitely easier thanks to the warm welcome I have had when I arrived at Goodenough. I would like to give back to the College, hoping that others can experience the same that I did.

Vanessa Elliott

I am a Goodenough College Alumni, and also sit on the Melbourne Goodenough College Committee in Australia. The College has an important place in my heart and I want to fundraise to ensure other students both now and in the future get the opportunity to enjoy the special experience of Goodenough. I'd like to connect with alumni from around the world and hear about their experiences at Goodenough.

As an Alumni myself, I understand the value of maintaining connections with alumni. Goodenough is a community, and alumni are of value as they embody both the telling of the College's history and enable Goodenough College to live on into the future through the connections and friendships maintained long after students cease their time here. We cannot record Goodenough's history without maintaining contact with the College's Alumni. I further hope that through the telephone campaign we can raise money to ensure a strong future for Goodenough College. The College relies on such donations to continue. So no matter how big or little all donations are really important to keeping Goodenough college alive for generations to come.

Dut Deng

I am studying for a Master’s in in Education and international Development at University College of London Institute of Education.

I joined the telephone campaign to be able to give back to the College. Through the campaign I will be able to raise money that will provide continuity to Goodenough College’s projects such as scholarships and bursaries, which are very important to postgraduate students.

Furthermore, I take this as an opportunity to support myself and develop my skills.

The College has already given me numerous memories within a short space of time. The one that stood out was “The Guinness World Record of most nationalities singing together” in which eighty-seven nationalities participated. The Great Hall was engulfed by excitement - there was this inexpressible feeling that one feels once in a life time. I felt that the world was united by one goal, one agenda.

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.-Maya Angelou

Shruti Deb

I am studying for a Master’s in Public Policy at King’s College London.

The telephone campaign will enable me to interact with alumni from various parts of the world who are the voices of Goodenough College beyond the geographical limits. This is a wonderful community to be a part of and the fundraising would be another step towards keeping in touch with the alumni and getting necessary funding from our very own alumni community.

I would like to promote a sense of belonging to all alumni who might reminisce days of Goodenough College and to encourage them to help fund all the lovely activities that are offered by the College.

Trisha Dassrath

I am an LLM candidate at Birkbeck, University of London.

I joined the campaign so that I can give back to the College and make a contribution to the improvement of life for all Members.

I hope that through my work and that of my colleagues we can collectively garner enough support so more Members of the College will receive financial assistance and be less burdened financially.

My favourite memory thus far is certainly meeting so many people from all over the world and making connections and friendships that I know will last long after I leave Goodenough College.

Alumni support is so much more than a monetary contribution. As a scholarship recipient myself, I would not have been able to be here without the assistance of our alumni and I truly appreciate it.

Karina Chinguel

I am an LLM candidate at Queen Mary, University of London.

The telephone campaign gives me a fantastic opportunity to get to know our alumni and raise fund for important projects.

I am delighted to talk to members of the Goodenough community and share our memories of the College because ‘to remember is to live again’.

Luis Camacho

I am studying for a Master’s in Urban Economic Development at University College London.

I take part in the telephone campaign as fundraising is a key element of College life and I want to give back to the College that has offered so much to the Members.

I am interested in getting to know our alumni and hearing about their experiences.

The memories of Goodenough College are timeless, and I am sure you feel the same as we all called it our home once in our lives.

Or Bainhoren

I am currently living at Goodenough as a Member's partner. I am taking part in the telephone campaign as I want to help maintain this great College. I have spent a couple of weeks at the College and I have already had lots of unforgettable experiences.

I am looking forward to speaking to alumni from all over the world and getting to know other Members callers in the telephone campaign.

Sarmad Aziz

I am in the first year of my PhD in Epidemiology (Public Health) at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

I joined the telephone campaign to help the College with fundraising. It is also a good opportunity to get in touch with our alumni. I would like to reconnect our alumni to the place which was once home to them.

On 29th of August, my son (Aurang Aziz) was born. Parents Club at Goodenough College initiated a meal train for us. Meal train is a support initiative for families with a new-born and it enabled us to sail through the hardship of parenting in initial days. We received seven meals of our choice over fourteen days, home cooked by Member families residing at the College.

My School is helping me to improve as a Public Health professional whereas Goodenough College is helping me to become a better person; it is just the way it contributes to your lives during your time here!

Rajapriyah Anmpalagan

I am studying for a Master’s in Education, Gender and International Development at University College London.

I look forward to speaking with Alumni from all over the world to chat about our shared experiences at Goodenough College. I am also interested in learning about the kind of careers that our past Members have ventured into since. I think that it is important to raise funds for the College so that many more people can have the opportunity to experience the amazing life this College offers. It is also really useful to learn the new skills I will be learning through this telephone campaign. I am excited to be part of this campaign because I know that the money raised will be put to good use.

I hope to have meaningful conversations with our alumni as well as help raise as much money as possible for the College so it can continue to provide the exciting Goodenough experience for other Members in the future.

I got the opportunity to learn some of the skills that I have been wanting to learn for a long time during my time at Goodenough. For example, I am learning yoga and ballroom dancing. Without the support from Goodenough College, this would not have been possible. I also appreciate all the socials that are organized by the Dean and Members. These socials give me an opportunity to meet various people of different nationalities and disciplines who never fail to mesmerize me with their knowledge and experiences.

I hope our alumni are as excited to speak with me through this campaign as I am with them.

Sultan Alotaibi

I am currently living at Goodenough as a Member's partner.

I hope to enrich my experience through participating in the telephone campaign.

Benjamin Abonyi

I am currently living at Goodenough as a Member's partner.

I joined the telephone campaign to connect with alumni and to help gather support for the College. Through the campaign I hope to improve my communication skills. I have attended a number of College events including the jazz nights, the Port talks and several football matches. The Canadian Thanksgiving dinner is so far a particularly fond memory.

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