BROADCASTING student Melissa Fernando impressed seasoned media professionals at the recent World Catholic Association for Communication (SIGNIS) World Congress 2014 in Rome, Italy.
The event, which takes place once every four years, engages media professionals from all over the world with this year’s theme being “Media for a Culture of Peace: Creating Images with the New Generation”.
Competing for a chance to attend the global event, the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology student originally won fifth prize for her photo submission.
Her joy was cut short when her name did not appear among the list of students who had been handpicked to go to Italy.
However, lady luck smiled upon her as the organisers were impressed by her education background and promoted her to the position of a trainer.
Of the three trainers, she was the only student with the other two being an experienced journalist and a lecturer.
Comfortably fitting into her role, she confidently delivered a presentation to an audience of more than 300 media professionals.
Praising her lecturers and the varsity environment she studied in, she said they were not spoon-fed information but given the freedom to pursue various projects.
“This was a real global event that I was responsible for and interestingly, the classes that I attended in the previous semester had prepared me with a practical skillset,” said Melissa.
She also had no problems interacting with people from different nationalities as “this is something done regularly on campus, working with fellow students from various countries”.
At the event, Melissa received her certificate of appreciation from former SIGNIS World president Sir Augustine Loorthusamy at Domus Pacis Torre Rossa Park Hotel, Rome.