BPP university alumni


I had quite a rough journey to get to where I am. I was born hard of hearing but was only given hearing aids at the age of 18. So I went through most of my educational life just getting by.  Where I come from, it was normal for students to scrape through their GCSEs. Also, I didn’t do so well in my A-Levels because I struggled with my hearing and no one knew. I then went to BPP, where I was testing out new forms of support for my disability but things didn’t work out – I ended up having to leave at the end of my second year.

I knew I wanted to be a lawyer and always felt that if I could not prove myself academically, there must be another way. I managed gain some work experience here and there and get into firms for day events through diversity organisations. I also took a year out to re-evaluate my aspirations and goals.

Still head strong on gaining a TC, I began the accelerated course in 2015 but due to my circumstances, I had to self-fund part of my university fees (£9,000), which I did by working 5 days a week for a national advocacy service and working part-time on the university campus.

Fortunately, all my hard work paid off and I averaged a first in my first year.

Through networking, I met a lot of inspirational and motivating people along the way. I also met a lot of people who thought I should give up right away – I must admit – I wasn’t even sure myself.

Attempting to enter the legal profession can be both challenging and daunting. There are so many barriers anyone can face and instances in life where we fall down. But the best thing we can do is to use drive and determination to rise back up again and keep going.

The underpinning principle on diversity is to be yourself – if everyone was the same it would be boring!

Do get in touch, I would be more than happy to help in any way I can.

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