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Margaret Khanna Pushkar

Profession
BA (Hons) Virtual Reality student
College
London College of Communication
Person Type
Student
Margaret Khanna  Pushkar

Biography

Margaret is a first year student on BA (Hons) Virtual Reality at London College of Communication.

Interview

Why did you choose to study BA (Hons) Virtual Reality and why London College of Communication?

Virtual Reality is such an intriguing and open end topic of discussion and education, it is truly one of the most technically creative areas in the tech industry today.

Personally, for me it combines artistic and creative abilities with technical skill and a philosophical mindset. What else could I ask for, if not to create worlds and learn more about human vision on reality.

What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on so far? What made it so interesting to work on?
The Perfect Holiday Destination project will always be a great experience to look back on. It allowed me personally to internalise certain situations in my life that were actually mortifying yet in their own way beautiful.

Looking back at my work for the project I have realised many things about my knowledge and personal opinion of beauty, which were both frightening and eye opening, but it helped my learn more about myself and the environment I created.

It was a free-spirited assignment which brought many beautiful final projects.

Have you had any opportunities to engage with industry whilst on the course?
Yes, so far we’re worked with Ryerson University in Canada where we collaborated on a post-pandemic world project.

It pushed me to improve my skills and allowed me to work on and finish my first proper VR experience.

What important piece of advice would you give to students thinking of studying this course?
You have to be able to think critically and find yourself through the process of creating, the more you practice the more you realise the potential in one person.

Make friends, communicate with teachers especially (in our strange times) and don't force VR. Instead, embrace its quirks and view it as a challenge. Seek inspiration everywhere and interact with your environment.

What has been the highlight of your LCC experience so far?
Getting to actually learn more and more about theories, experiences, history, technical skills and much more. Feeling part of a small group of people and making friends.

What is the most important thing you've learnt on the course so far?
There is so much more to VR than games and environments and experiences. There is a whole other visual language that people can be part of and participate in making, not necessarily by modelling, animating or coding rather just by thinking and opening to the idea of the worlds and universes.

What's it like to be a student in London, and what would your dream day in the city be like?
I really like London, weird to say I like it more now than when I first came here pre-COVID19 times, but that has to do more with me and not the city.

The city is extremely multicultural and diverse, filled with passion and soul, it is very different to where I am from, it is always a breath of fresh air for me.

My dream day would definitely include a bus ride on the second floor on a chilly sunny day, a visit to the flower market, breakfast on the roof with lovely friends, a bike ride near the water of a channel and a quick visit to Greggs!

What are some of your favourite things about studying in Elephant and Castle?
It is a very accessible and busy location, really reminds me of where I live in Moscow.

If you had to describe your LCC experience in three words, what would they be?
Guided self-growth.

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Visit the BA (Hons) Virtual Reality course page.