Seven Questions with Millod Sadaty
7 November 2017
This week meet Millod Sadaty, who has just finished his A Levels at the UCL Academy and is now an intern with UCL Innovation and Enterprise, where he is working on a stakeholder mapping project.
1. What is your role and what does it involve?
My role has been working as an intern with UCL Innovation and Enterprise on a project about stakeholder mapping. I have collected data about every department, centre, institute and faculty within the University onto an excel spreadsheet. The spreadsheet has a lot of data, including about social media sites within a department for example, who Heads of Department are, PAs and communication teams. I have listed website links for easy and direct access and have also collected the information onto an infographic for visual representation of what some of the data looks like.
2. How long have you been at UCL and what was your previous role?
I was previously on a one week work experience placement with UCL Innovation and Enterprise but returned after being offered the chance to take this role for the rest of the summer. Before this role, I was a student having just finished my first year of A Levels at the UCL Academy.
3. What working achievement or initiative are you most proud of?
I am most proud of reaching the Grand Finals of 'Jack Petchey's Speak Out Challenge' which is a national competition giving 13 to 14 year olds across the country the chance to speak publicly about a topic of their choice. At first I took the competition very lightly as I didn't expect to progress very far. My topic was all based on a prank speech about how to approach a girl. When I presented it to my class and then my whole year they seemed to love it, which came as a surprise to me.
Each stage I progressed to, people responded even more positively. I reached the regional final where I represented my school against 15 other schools in the borough in front of about 150 people. I was really nervous but I just went for it, and won.
This led to me being chosen as a regional finalist to compete in front of more than a thousand people at the Piccadilly Theatre. Being able to go out there and perform on such a big stage was an opportunity that I will never forget and it has helped me massively in terms of confidence and being able to clearly communicate with people.
4. Tell us about a project you are working on now which is top of your to-do list?
I am working on my personal statement as I'm approaching the time where I have to submit my UCAS application.
It's difficult to persuade a university in only 47 lines why you're the best candidate for a place on the course you desire to study, but I am hopeful. My main choice is UCL because I am hoping to stay in London and UCL is the best university in London and one of the best in the world. I love what UCL stands for and its effort to embrace multi-culture as 'London's Global University'.
5. What is your favourite album, film and novel?
My favourite album is '2014 Forest Hill Drive' by J. Cole as I love the meaning behind the songs on the album and always love when songs have a deep message behind them that you can interpret in your own way.
My favourite film is 'Blue Streak' because it's one of the first films I remember watching and Martin Lawrence is one of my all-time favourite actors.
My favourite novel is the 'Young Bond' series because growing up I loved immersing myself into the world of Bond and letting my imagination take me to foreign islands where I was fighting off villains who were about to destroy the world.
6. What is your favourite joke (pre-watershed)?
Anton, do you think I'm a bad mother?
My name is Paul…
7. Who would be your dream dinner guests?
Martin Lawrence, Barack Obama, Donald Trump and Steve Jobs.