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Brigita Leonaviciute | University of Sunderland

Magazine Journalism BA (Hons)

  • Name: Brigita Leonaviciute
  • Age: 22
  • Studying: Magazine Journalism BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Kaunas, Lithuania
  • Ambitions: My biggest dream is to become a successful journalist. There is no better feeling than the excitement of interviewing people.

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March 27th, 2015


Hi, Untitled

Last week I attended the wedding show which took place at Sunderland Minster and was organized by the ETC  – a luxurious lifestyle magazine based in the North East of England.  However, I wasn’t there looking for wedding ideas (not this time though), I was modelling (strike a pose).

I and a couple of other girls from the journalism course transformed into brides-to-be and walked through the catwalk showing very beautiful vintage wedding dresses. If you’re thinking it was an easy task – you are wrong! I got an honour to open the show, so I was feeling super nervous before entering the stage. First impression is always very important! Thanks God, everything went very well and nobody fell or had other extreme situations.

So we arrived to the Sunderland Minster four hours before the runway show. We’ve got our hair and makeup done, tried dresses on and then were rehearsing, rehearsing and rehearsing the walking. When everyone knew what to do, we got back to the backstage and had some chocolates and fun while waiting (yes models eat) for the big moment.


I remember, I was walking down the catwalk with my serious face (tried to look as much professional as possible), then strike a pose with the right arm on the hip, the left one on the hip and continue walking.

My first thought when I went on the stage was: “so many people!”  Everyone were watching me and constantly taking pictures, and it felt like I’m at the London Fashion Week.

I also made a short video about this event. I hope you, guys, will enjoy it!

P.S. I would like to say a very big THANKS to the last year’s Lives Online blogger Kamile and her classmates for sharing the catwalk video footage with me.

P.S.S. Visit ETC’s website to know more about this or other events that happened in the North East of England.


February 10th, 2015

My Trip to Morocco!

Hi, IMG_4350


A couple of weeks ago I had a chance to visit Morocco. Although, we (me and my boyfriend) spent only three days there, but we had the most adventurous time ever!


The holiday has started with running like crazy through the Gatwick Airport  (we were about to miss our flight) and ended up getting a fine for forgetting to wear seat belts.


But let’s start about everything from the beginning. On the first day we went to a palm tree grove where we had a little camels ridding experience. We’ve got to try on the traditional Arabic clothes – Kaftan and Keffiyeh (a scarf) and 1.5 hr long ride. After a couple of hours rest, we decided to visit the Medina city which is an old part of Marrakech and is famous by its square/market Jemma el-Fnna. 

On the next day we had a trip to see Setti Fatma Waterfalls in the High Atlas Mountains. When we just arrived to the Ourika Valley village our guide Mohamed told us  he cannot take us to the waterfalls as it’s forbidden for him. At first, I didn’t understand how can be someone forbidden from watching the waterfall from the foothills. But then we met Buhamed – a professional hiker – who brought us up to the Setti Fatma (two kilometers above the water).


Apparently if you want to see the waterfalls – you must climb there. And it was extremely dangerous, super difficult and definitely worth it. We spent around two hours crossing rivers while balancing our feet and weight on the stones. There was also a very difficult where we had to go over the massive wall and I slipped and almost fell down to the sharp rocks. I nearly had a heart attack.


On our very last day we went to the most amazing gardens: Menara and Jardin Majorelle, which is owned by famous French designer Yves Saint Laurent.


I made a short video about my experience in Morocco. Enjoy!








January 26th, 2015


Hello everyone!


It’s about the time to start thinking where you’ll be living the next academic year, especially if your home isn’t in the North East of England. There are two options: you can live in halls our university is offering or you can find a a private accommodation. If you are going to be a fresher, the best option would be – uni halls.


Are you wondering why? Because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime student experience. Nowhere else you will get a chance to experience a real student life. I was a fresher, my friends were freshers and we all spent our first year living in the halls. It was a great fun!


If you came to one of our open days, you’ve probably already seen how Sunderland’s halls looks like. But if you couldn’t make it and wondering what’s our accommodation like, you MUST watch my short film about uni halls below.


P.S. this is only the first part, so stay tuned!


January 12th, 2015

It’s fun to be international!

Happy Monday Everybody!


People usually ask me what language I use for my dreams while sleeping. Do you know what, I’ve never thought about that.  So the other night  I decided to find out if my dreams are in Lithuanian or in English.

I went to bed and before falling asleep I was telling myself to remember the language. I know it sounds a bit crazy, but I actually was curious to know. Especially, I wanted to know if the people from my country use English in my dreams and how does that look like.

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So I fall asleep, but unfortunately I haven’t had any dreams that night or I just cannot remember them. The night after and the other night after the situation was the same – BIG NOTHING.

Last night I had a dream (finally) which was about the university and the language I used was English (surprise surprise). Probably I would say that the language of my dreams depends on the situation – if it’s about my home or family then obviously it will be in Lithuanian, but if I’am dreaming about my life here in England, then it’s in English. I know that sounds logical, but at the same time it’s strange…

There is one more thing I want to share with you today. I asked my friend Militsa to tell about her very first experience in England. So click the Play below and enjoy Militsa’s love story.


January 8th, 2015

The mediaHUB


Only 7 days left to apply for the higher education studies starting in September. Do you want to study journalism, but still not sure which five universities to choose? Let me to help you. University of Sunderland provides the greatest facilities to everyone interested in journalism and the media.

A couple of months ago our uni has launched the mediaHUB which is a publishing and broadcasting space. We have everything you need in order to gain some professional experience – from the news and magazine platforms to tv and the radio station.

Take a look at this video below and find out more information about it.


Brigita XXX



January 7th, 2015

Money Money Money!



online-shopping_studentProbably some of you already have received a student loan and your bank account is singling ‘Oh Happy Day’ again.  Moreover, you are probably now  shopping online or queuing in one of the shops as you need  only a ‘few necessary’ things.  But stop right now and watch this video about how to manage a student budget!



Brigita XXX

January 7th, 2015

Things to do in Sunderland: World Festivals


One of the best things about Sunderland that we have lots of festivals and events happening all the time. I want to show you a video about a World Christmas festival. You are probably thinking: “What this girl is talking about? Is she crazy? Christmas is OVER!!”

But I am not crazy, because today is the Christmas day in Russia (Yes 7th of January is an official Russian Christmas).

Merry Christmas!

January 7th, 2015


Hi everyone!

Many people feel homesick, especially international students, because their home are hundred miles away from this country.  Some people could disagree and say, doesn’t matter if you are international student or home one. You can still feel  homesick. True, but it is much more harder to know that your are all alone in other country…


I visited our university’s Student Union and made a video about it. Click a PLAY button bellow and you’ll find the answer how to beat homesickness.



With love,

Brigita XXX

December 11th, 2014

Christmas Dinner With Friends

Hi! IMG_3127

As today is the last week of uni this year and the majority of people (including me) will be going home in a couple of days,  I went to Newastle with my friends for a Christmas dinner. We’ve chosen Harry’s Restaurant which is located in the town centre, oposite the Monument metro station.


I really like Harry’s because the food is tasty and the prices are normal, plus the atmosphere is really good – friedly staff. I’ve been here already a couple of times and decided to offer to try this restaurant for my friends and they all said yes. So we booked a table four weeks ago and today we finally had our lush dinner.



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