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Saerah Iqbal

Diagnostic Radiography - BSc (Hons)

Saerah was initially nervous about attending university, as she had apprehensions about the workload and meeting lots of new people. However, she had wanted to be a radiographer since she could remember, so she knew she would have to enrol. Three years on Saerah has no regrets about joining BCU and feels she has become a more confident individual.

“Coming out of sixth form was really daunting for me, as it was only a small environment with around 50 people. Therefore the thought of university was quite scary, mainly the thought of settling in, meeting new people and of course the workload! However, I’ve had no regrets about coming to Birmingham City University. I’ve enjoyed every moment of it and never looked back. It’s coming towards the end of my three years now and all I can say is, ‘Where has the time gone!?’.

I was instantly welcomed to BCU when I joined. I was so apprehensive in the beginning, but the student ambassadors, in particular, were amazing and very comforting. The tutors instantly put me at ease as well and are one of the many reasons I have no regrets about coming here. Through my three years, I’ve grown as an individual and become a lot more confident, thanks to them. I’ve made friends for life too, which has made the whole experience worth it!

In regards to my course, I’ve always wanted to be a radiographer, so university was definitely the first option for me and the only route at the time to become a Diagnostic Radiographer. Getting into Birmingham City University was such a relief and the start of an exciting adventure.

I was really attracted to the Diagnostic Radiography course at BCU, and the idea of being able to work with people and technology simultaneously. The opportunity to specialise in many different modalities, for example, ultrasound; it’s so interesting to me that you can use high technology sound waves to check a baby in the womb!

I’m really glad I came to BCU, as there’s so much I can do once I’ve qualified and there are also opportunities to work abroad, which is amazing. That’s the great thing about working in healthcare, you will always be needed somewhere in the world, which is another reason I chose this course. It really inspired me that I’d be able to help families and be able to reach a diagnosis and advise on the best treatment for them. It’s super rewarding.

Since coming to university, there have been many things that I’ve been proud of but being selected for HARS (High Achievers Recognition Scheme) was definitely up there. Through the scheme, I’ve been able to attend quite a few events and seminar sessions. They’re really inspiring and help me re-focus my inspiration for my course. The University has helped me massively through every step of my journey. The facilities for my course have given me so much confidence to use the equipment myself, before heading out clinically.

‘I AM BCU’ means a lot of things to me. Mainly that it’s all about interacting with a diverse community of people to make all of our experiences here at BCU positive and unforgettable. Most importantly, it’s supporting everyone and having fun!”

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