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Shelana Morton

Shelana Morton

Fashion Design with a Foundation Year

As a 32-year-old single mother working in the care sector, Shelana didn’t believe she was capable of pursuing her dreams. With a burning desire to become a designer, Shelana applied to study at Birmingham City University. Less than a year later, she was making headline news.

"Raising a teenage boy as a single mum can prove to be challenging, especially when trying to juggle parenting alongside my studies and home life. Despite that, pursuing fashion as a mature student has to be one of the best decisions I have ever made.

After sadly losing friends and family to knife crime, I was determined to make a difference and decided to create a stab proof gilet for my end of year project. Although extremely proud of my work, it can also feel overwhelming at times knowing that we live in a world where this garment is needed.

BCU have supported me so much on my journey, not only with the pierce resistant jacket but also with my studies and emotionally. You are never alone here and should never be afraid to ask for help. Due to personal issues I considered deferring studies for a year, but with the support and advice I got from my tutors I was able to continue my studies and happily finish my foundation year.

Before starting university I didn’t believe in myself as much as I do now. The challenges I have faced and the skills I have gained has shown me how capable I am to succeed. One thing I genuinely like at BCU is the people; you come across people from all walks of life which is something I have never had the opportunity to do before.

I am definitely hoping to get myself more involved in the university clubs and societies. It took me a long time to understand that every so often you need to unwind and set aside time for yourself. I see it as a reward system, you work hard then you get to play hard too!

'I AM BCU' means diversity and community. The university is like a family - we are all here to learn new skills and be the best we can be, while supporting each other in the process."

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