You are smart, capable, and strong. Repeat that to yourself as many times as you need to per day until you believe it.

 

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Things I love: writing, long-distance charity walks, my Jack Russell terrier Jada, virtually all animals, tea, travelling to places I don’t speak the language, and learning. Things I dislike: cooking, butterflies, the sound of forks on teeth and being late.

 

Why did you decide to open a sports centre?

My business partner and I had been discussing it for a few years before it all started to come together. We recognized that Bermuda was missing a central, family-friendly, location for practitioners of different martial arts & boxing styles to train. Our goal was to open a purpose-built facility that would be high-quality, affordable, and inclusive. So far, so good!

 

Have you always been interested in sport?

I struggled a lot in sports while I was in school as I wasn’t particularly coordinated or fast. However, I started going to the gym on a whim when I was twenty-one, and the rest is history! Unfortunately though, I have an implanted neuromodulator, so no contact sports for me. I love the atmosphere of the sports centre though, and enjoy cheering on our athletes when they compete.

 

Why did you pick your course and how are you finding it?

At the time it seemed to make the most sense as I knew that ultimately I’d like to own a number of businesses and work for myself. The course itself was great, I took something valuable away from every module. I’m currently in the final stages of writing my dissertation, which is due next month.

 

How are you planning on using your course once you have finished?

I’m happy to say that I’m already using it. I have just started my new role of Senior Project Analyst for the Bermuda Monetary Authority full-time. This course was absolutely instrumental in my being prepared for this job.

 

What would you say to someone thinking about taking your course?

If you’re waiting for the right time, it’s now. It’s an incredibly practical course and you will be able to apply the things you learn right away. There will never be a “perfect time” – so today is as good as any. That said, DO NOT over-commit. Take the courses at your own pace. I made that mistake and it made things much, much, much harder than they needed to be.  Build a small circle of people that you can trust have your best interests at heart. My support system kept me going in the moments I wanted to just give up.

 

Who inspires you and who would you like to inspire?

It’s hard to choose just one person, so if I had to narrow it down to two would be my sister, Camily and my late therapist Charlotte. Cam for having the courage to follow her passions when choosing her career, and Charlotte for giving me the tools to persevere even when things seem impossibly hard. I’d be honoured to inspire a young person who is being bullied at school because not so long ago, that was me. I wore big round glasses, got called “loser,” “weirdo,” (and other things I can’t say here) and I almost always got picked last for the team. I used to feel physically ill dreading school because I hated being picked on so much.  However, the underdog doesn’t always stay there. Being used to rejection allowed me to take risks that have paid off for me professionally.

 

What would be your message to inspire other women on International Women’s Day?

My personal mantra – Kurt Vonnegut said: “we are what we imagine ourselves to be.” You are smart, capable, and strong. Repeat that to yourself as many times as you need to per day until you believe it.

Emily Wells

Although you are online, when you come to Essex for graduation it really puts it into perspective what you've actually done.

Serina Jonas

I set out to earn a living instead of studying, but despite this choice I always wanted to fulfil my ambition to have a qualification.

Mauro Orru

I wanted a degree in law, and I wanted a first class Bachelors and I wanted to achieve it in 3 years, and no campus-based course would have allowed me to work at my own pace to achieve just that.