Do you want to know why you shouldn’t abandon your dreams? Grandad always inspired me to figure out why. When you are waiting for something to happen, you must think to yourself, what am I doing to prove that I really want this? Well, what’s your answer? Every day since I finished my studies at Manchester Metropolitan University, I had a goal to make progress. A goal in particular, to make something of myself.
Yes, graduation awaited but it didn’t stop me from going out into this world to find experiences before I was officially awarded with my BA (Hons) Film and Media Studies graduate title. Today, I am sharing my steps based on my journey and experience of following my dreams with you all. Perhaps, a few will sink in if not all. But they’re all valid reasons. And each has helped me get to where I am today. Though it never ends. There are still more opportunities out there. I will approach these in the future. I’m always up for a new challenge.
Everyone is different and you will realise your own unique values
I didn’t graduate with a first or a 2:1. Did that stop me from wanting to pursue my dreams? No, it didn’t. There were students who created really impressive short films and documentaries. Students getting a first with near enough every single piece of work. Some of these hardly attended university but got better grades. I tried so god damn hard. You don’t always get the get the grades you hoped for. But this doesn’t that you don’t deserve them.
People will believe in the potential that you have. But you have to see it too. I’ve had friends and family members ask me whether or not I have considered taking a different path. Without strength, I wouldn’t have been accepted onto work experience with a television production company. Nor would I have been accepted as volunteer assistants for several events. I’ve even seen the power I never knew I had when it came to organising my own fundraising event. Wow, it was worth it. I’m thrilled to have achieved what I have at the age of 21. Nothing will stop me from carrying on.
Some find a job straight away, others don’t
I’ve recently become a Learning Support Assistant. It’s not all media related but I’ve used my skills in order to be in this role. And, I’m adamant that I’m going to take this with pride and determination.
Sticking with your instincts can work. I think of myself as an independent woman. Yes, I’ve struggled to accept help from friends and family, especially when I haven’t had much money. However, I never gave up with my original plan, to simply stick with how far of a journey I could travel on.
To think that people have tried to knock me down, yet, I’m now able to offer help to younger people, feels amazing. This is a real achievement and in my eyes, it’s something more than what my previous lecturers and interviewers expected. One day, I was disappointed with my dissertation grade and university tutors were telling me not to worry because it was ‘good’. They were looking at my work and not agreeing with some of the negative comments written by the marker. Also, they said I might not get a job that is high-end but I will be able to ‘get something’. Now, it doesn’t bother me in the slightest. That’s the grade that’s on my records now and yes it is classed as good but I am doing even better now.
Continue to gain all the experience
What’s even better, is that, I do have a very rewarding job. Through all the interviews I had, I did not expect this one to be the successful one. It just goes to show, that these things happen unexpectedly and you just have to be patient. In addition, I’m happy that I still continue with passion for writing.
Through writing, I express my thoughts, feelings, and insight to the world. Whether it be written content on employment, entertainment, daily routine etc. I am achieving every day. I am a blogger and most recently a Contributing Writer for an online magazine. I’ve travelled a long and stressful journey. However, it’s only truly beginning. The feeling of being recognised for my potential is something special to me. In particular, the fact that I didn’t always receive the best feedback from my tutors at university or interact with them as much as others is what makes me different. I asked for help and guidance when needed but I still achieved below my wanted grade when taking their advice on board.
Realise what you can aspire to
I’ve been brought up in a council house in Salford. My family and I are not rich. We don’t have an expensive car and we don’t live the expected life that some people attend to associate the life of a student with.
But one thing is for sure, we are proud. Telling people where I am from shouldn’t set barriers in front of my dreams. Nor should it give anyone the right to discriminate. I always attended lectures and tutorials that I could at university. Most weeks for one of my units, I was the only student to attend. This didn’t seem to be a big problem to my tutor. I couldn’t understand it. I honestly felt like the average kind of student.
All I ever wanted to know, was how to reach those first grades. Hence attending punctually and asking for more feedback. It was almost as though they wanted to continue to set boundaries. Although they said they weren’t. This didn’t seem to be the case. For example, an essay on comedy was marked over 10 marks higher by one tutor.
You can achieve, and you will achieve
When I asked why I was marked so low by the unit tutor, they responded, “It was just rubbish.” Apparently, my grammar, spelling and concept were all poor. However, another tutor marked my assignment almost two grades higher and said my grammar and spelling was very good along with my referencing being particularly good. Do you want to know the reason I put behind this? Opinions. Not marking criteria. But opinions. Whenever they didn’t like my film choice, they would scrutinise my work. Hey, it’s life. This happens right?
I carried on contacting companies within the media industry and others are noticing my work. I am delighted to have received many positive comments, likes, and shares of my writing.
Laugh at those who think your dreams are too big. And more importantly, show all the people who gave you an unsuccessful job application or negative comments how successful you really are.