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“Think of yourself as a little pony facing an obstacle course. The mass of jumps looks terrifying, but you just focus on one hurdle at a time and don’t worry about the next one. You’ll make it to the end.”

My journey to BU has not been effortless. I had to work to get what I wanted, but as soon as I was offered a place, I knew it was all worthwhile!

Although I had decided that Scriptwriting was my dream career early on, I knew that I had not chosen the easiest path. After visiting an Open Day, I set my heart on attending BU but, it was hundreds of miles from home, and at the time I was still at school. I could only really do Scriptwriting as a Master’s degree and only after a few years of fundraising. I got my head down and set to work.

By the time I got to the application process years later, I was riddled with doubt. Would they think I was too unfocused because I had studied something else before? Was my creative writing actually awful and no one had dared to tell me? Would I make it through the first step of application? I was shaking as I completed the process.

When it all threatened to overwhelm me, my mother would say “Don’t forget why you’re doing this. Think of yourself as a little pony facing an obstacle course. These are big jumps even for a plucky little pony. The mass of jumps looks terrifying, but you just focus on one hurdle at a time and don’t worry about the next one. You’ll make it to the end.”

I’ve never been much of a jumper, but this advice helped me to remain reasonably calm throughout the application process and the interview – until I received the offer letter, at which point I naturally went berserk. The BU team has been amazingly supportive and welcoming all the way through, I feel that I’ve floated over the last few jumps…

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By Patricia Moises – Austria – MA Scriptwriting