Mayah Charles

Sports Journalism - BA (Hons)

Mayah really struggled to make a decision on where to study due to her commitment to athletics. After she enrolled at BCU, Mayah discovered that she was dyslexic and is now trying to balance enhancing her skills alongside various sporting activities

It was really important that the course I chose would support and merge well with athletics. I was particularly drawn towards the sports scholarship on offer at Birmingham City University.

My goal is to work within a sporting organisation, focussing on broadcast journalism and travel. However, after recently discovering that I am dyslexic and as a new face to the world of journalism, I am keen to further develop my writing skills and performance.

The support I have received from the tutors has been amazing, they are friendly and made it very clear that if I have any problems they are available to talk to. Living away from home, I have learnt to become more independent, stand up for myself and speak more freely.

I have gained a lot of confidence whilst studying at BCU and my work experience has helped me to develop as an individual. I never once would have imagined that I would have had the opportunity to interview a top athlete at the BBC!

Another highlight of my time so far would be the opportunity I had to represent the University in athletics, which was all very exciting! I’m also a part of an athletics club outside of BCU and now in search of a gymnastics club. As part of the sports scholarship I have access to all of the sporting facilities which is quite useful.

‘I AM BCU’ because I am a representation of the University and some of the students to come in the future. We as a collective support each other and I enjoy being a part of a tight knit community.