When I was younger, I was diagnosed with dyslexia and dyspraxia. It is something which I think even today affects me greatly. My mother used to tell me how slow it took me to start talking, and for a very long time, I could not pronounce a lot words properly. I remember as a child going to speech therapy, and until the age of 14, having an almighty lisp. Until, with more speech therapy, it finally went away. From the age of 7, all the way up to the age of 16, I took private English lessons every Saturday at 8am before football. It used to kill me sometimes, but it has played a huge part in me being where I am today.
I must say when I was offered a place in Bournemouth University doing Business Studies, I was extremely proud of myself; it was a colossal achievement for me, however I was always a little sceptical as to whether or not I would be able to cut it at this high a level. Due to most of my life being in the bottom set of classes, I have always been low in confidence; it is something I cannot help. I suppose when it comes to education, I am a half glass empty kind of person. So of course this would have an effect on whether or not I would be able to go to university and succeed, and succeed well.
Thus far I have been remarkably surprised. Of course, there is a great deal of independent learning, and you have an awful lot of responsibility. At times, I have found it all to be somewhat overwhelming, but this has not deterred me from putting my head down, and to study hard, and do well. For example, in my first in class test, I got a first. I have a huge passion for business; it is not just academic it’s a real interest. So when I was going into my first couple of lectures, I knew most of what the lecturer was talking about. Of course in Accounting for example, I did some of it previously in college.
My experience at Bournemouth University has greatly exceeded my expectations, it has been enormously fulfilling, the resources such as myBU are fantastic, the lecturers teach extremely well, and of course the nightclubs are rather enjoyable too. The ALS team have been exceptional; they have been so helpful in finding out what disabilities I have, and what things I need in order to help me be able to get the grades which I now believe I am capable of.
I can now say with extreme confidence that based on what I’ve experienced so far, Bournemouth University is the right choice for me, and from what I have been through my whole life with my learning disability, to come here is something which is absolutely incredible. I hope that I can continue this journey.