Christina Lawrence

Biomedical Engineering - BSc (Hons)

As a kid, Christina wanted to study medicine, but she didn’t get on with school at all and left when she was 16. She  went on to university to study Music. However, she really struggled with her mental health and had huge family issues, so she dropped out. Since starting Biomedical Engineering at BCU, she's had chance to fulfil her original dream of working in the field of medicine while taking advantage of invaluable student support to help her at every step.

"I knew I wanted to get back into university, so I came to an Open Day at Birmingham City University to look into Mechanical Engineering. I was made to feel welcome here before I even started. I met with some of the support staff at the Open Day because I had lots of questions about the mental health and finance support on offer. Immediately the staff showed that they put students first and made me feel really looked after.

When I started the course, I was struggling to motivate myself and was only getting 40 to 50 per cent on my assignments as I was still unsure of what I really wanted. By chance I started speaking to one of the Biomedical Engineering lecturers and found out that I could actually take a lot more interesting career routes through his course including medicine, and instantly I knew that was what I wanted.

Since changing my course, I have found something I am super passionate about and I’m now one of the top in my class, consistently getting over 70 per cent on my work. I only have the tutors to thank for introducing me to this amazing course.

Whilst being at BCU, the support I’ve received has been second to none, whether it’s for my mental health, academic help or even in taking my landlord to court.

I still struggle with my health but having such a good relationship with my personal tutor is really useful and she often helps me arrange for material to be sent to me in advance and sometimes even gives me one-on-one sessions if I have to miss lectures. This shows that she genuinely wants me to do well on this course.

A lot of good has come from me joining BCU and I’m really proud to be here. BCU is different. It actually places student well-being as a high priority and gives us a say in lots of opportunities and decisions."

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