International Business student Dionne Bennett overcame a number of obstacles to graduate with a First Class Honours degree including discovering she was pregnant the week she was accepted to study at Middlesex University.
Finding out the news the same week she was accepted was a “bitter sweet” moment for Dionne. She had waited so long for this opportunity, and although she was excited about becoming a mother she had doubts about whether she would be able to successfully complete her studies and be a good mother at the same time. Her determination to succeed saw her start the course regardless and give birth in her first year of the course.
With the use of the Middlesex University nursery and the support of her family, Dionne was able to continue her studies. Despite having a young child, Dionne maximised every opportunity she was given at Middlesex. She became a learning assistant for current students and a student representative for her course. Dionne said: “The roles were well suited to me as I like helping out and I found them very rewarding. They enabled me build on my confidence and helped me go on to secure a role as a student ambassador representing the University and helping at events, and as a job in the University library.”
Dionne also participated in the University’s unique Public Sector mentoring programme which saw her mentored by a senior public sector worker and take part in assessment centre exercises designed to further improve students’ employability skills.
She enjoyed and excelled in her course, which she called a ‘real eye opener’ and was impressed with how up to date the course was in relation to the marketplace and society.
Dionne Bennett (25) said: “It has been very challenging, but is worth it. I’m so pleased to achieve a First which has been made possible through the support I’ve received from Middlesex. The graduation ceremony was so special especially as my little girl Kaylana was there to see me pick up my degree.”
Due to Dionne enjoyment of her time at Middlesex, she now hopes to complete a Masters at the University and has secured a Graduate Teaching Assistant position.
Photo: Dionne Bennett in her graduation robes with Kaylana