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Lydia Narramore

Media and Communication - BA (Hons)

Lydia wasn’t sure about university initially; her teachers were pushing her towards A Levels but her undiagnosed dyslexia made traditional academia routes difficult. After coming to BCU with BTECs, her dyslexia was diagnosed and supported by  BCU and finally has a hands-on course and the freedom to study in a way that suits her.

"I came under a lot of pressure when I decided not to study A Levels at grammar school. My teachers were pushing me towards them, but I really struggled with academic writing and I knew I wouldn’t receive the educational support I needed. I’ve been fascinated by the media industry for a long time and I knew that college would be the right place to give me the skills I needed to pursue a career in this area.

My dyslexia went unrecognised for years at school as I am a high-functioning individual, despite really struggling with my spelling.  Within my first few months at BCU I had my dyslexia diagnosed and also discovered I have dyspraxia, thanks to the support team being so extensive in their testing.

It’s a huge relief for me to have the diagnosis and I now have extra time for assignments, library loans and I am also in the process of getting access to software that will allow me to dictate my assignments.

University is a completely different ball game to being at college, so it’s been invaluable to have help from both my tutor and the support services here with my studies. It’s helped me take that big leap and face changes head on. It’s also helped me to remember it’s important to take things slowly and not try and do it all at once.

Home is 100 miles away and one of my biggest achievements is learning to live independently as I can’t go home very often. Realising the cost of everyday things has been a challenge but I feel like I’m a proper grown up now and I appreciate my parents a lot more.

Making friends hasn’t been as easy as I thought. I tried out a few groups in Welcome Week and I’ve joined cheerleading.  It was something I had never done before and I enjoy the social activities that the group do - they are very friendly and often invite me to nights out.

I’ve also found some friends through doing group projects and I’ve been on a media trip to Italy and met new people that way.

To me, I AM BCU means being part of a modern university, with a diverse community and many chance to explore and learn about your interests.

When I came to visit at an Open Day, I was blown away by the facilities and course structure at BCU, in comparison to other unis. I liked that the course was so broad and wasn’t going to pigeon-hole me into one area of the sector, like some other university courses would.

I love that I don’t have to drop anything (modules / specialisms) here, I can work on all the bits I want to. BCU has given me the most freedom and hands-on course compared to other unis.

I want to learn how to do it all, I don’t want to miss out on anything. My goal is to move into storytelling and I need to know how to tell a story in the best way possible, so need a whole host of skills at my disposal. I also want to do well academically and learn as much practical knowledge as I can, to help me get my dream job."

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