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International Alumni Profile: Oluwaseun Olowo-Ake

Home country: Nigeria

Course studied: BA (Hons) Media Production

Oluwaseun Olowo-Ake completed a Foundation Certificate in Media and Communications at Bournemouth University International College (BUIC), before embarking on the BA (Hons) Media Production at BU.

She said: “Studying at BUIC gave me the opportunity to improve my presentation skills, as well to gain basic media knowledge to prepare me for my degree. It also gave me a year to settle in Bournemouth before starting a university degree. Having gained the basics in media, I found that I wasn’t so confused in my university classes. The university campus is bigger than the college campus, so when it came to making the transition, that took some getting used to. But the staff at both campuses are very supportive and great at helping you find your way around and ensuring that you get the most out of your education.”

Oluwaseun decided to study media production in order to gain the knowledge and skills needed to forge a career in the industry. She said: “The foundation certificate and degree gave me a broad understanding of the media and exposed me to areas that I want to explore further. The members of the academic staff were very approachable. They really cared about your studies and wanted to help you do well in them.”

During the degree, Oluwaseun completed three different work placements, which she reflects helped her to build resilience and adapt to the breadth of the industry. Away from the course and placements, she also made the most of the town and surrounding area. She said: “I liked being able to feel like Bournemouth was home. I was able to explore the beaches and the New Forest. The church I was a part of allowed me to meet families and get to know them so that I was experiencing the town as they experienced it.”