From JCU to the Columbia School of Journalism: Tariro Mzezewa

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Born in Zimbabwe, Tariro Mzezewa went to middle and high school in the United States. A Political Science and Communications major, she will be continuing her studies at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, in New York City.

Tariro Mzezewa

Tariro Mzezewa

Why did you choose John Cabot?
I really wanted to study abroad and learn a new language, while earning an American degree. So John Cabot seemed like the perfect choice.

How did you come to major in both Political Science and Communications?
When I was 16 I began volunteering at FAIR Girls, a nonprofit organization that prevents the exploitation of girls worldwide with empowerment and education. I discovered that the stories of the victims of human trafficking needed to be told so I began writing for my high school newspaper. At JCU, I realized that a double major in Political Science and Communications was a perfect combination of study for me.

Were there any particular professors who inspired you at JCU?
My professors were what made my entire experience at JCU so valuable. It was thanks to my first journalism class at JCU with Professor Judith Bachrach, that I realized how passionate I was about journalism. Professor Michele Testoni sparked my interest in international relations and made me want to learn more about human rights, security, and development.

These are just two examples of the many incredible JCU professors who challenged, encouraged, and demanded the best of me.

Can you tell us about your experience with JCU’s student newspaper, The Matthew?
I began contributing to The Matthew as soon as I arrived at JCU. Then during the 2013-2014 academic year, I became editor-in-chief. Under Professor Rosamaria Mancini’s guidance, I learned about writing, editing, media ethics, leadership, and teamwork – all skills I will take with me into the next phase of my life.

Did you take part in any other extracurricular activities?
JCU offers many opportunities to get involved. I performed in seven musical productions with the Drama Club, and I’m also a class representative and member of STAND.

Describe the classroom experience at John Cabot.
The small classes and international student body foster an environment that makes it easy to tackle difficult issues. Where else could I have had the opportunity to discuss Islamic law with students who have lived under it, debate intervention in a class with students from Kosovo and Serbia, or see the impact of the Arab Spring on refugees who escaped from Libya, Mali, and Tunisia?