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Sunday, 20 November 2016

I aspired to get my article published & I did it! Find out how...

Aspire Autumn 2016 cover -
click here to read my article (pages 10-11)
I have gone on about it quite a bit now but not long ago I graduated from Birmingham City University. As you may know when you have been studying somewhere for a while you form a little 'study bubble' separate and protected from the rest of the world. Then you suddenly leave; it's daunting and you may feel a bit lost. Well that is exactly how I felt and I didn't really know what to do next.

Other than beginning this blog, through my passion for writing, I decided to use the contacts closest to me. As a member of the BCU alumni I had access to their Alumni Association. I contacted their alumni publication: Aspire magazine and simply asked if I could contribute. They said yes, gave me the contact details of someone who had been nominated 'Alumni of the Year' and allowed me to take it from there.

This was now the tricky bit. I had to introduce myself, interview someone I had never met before and write an article which would suit the audience of Aspire.

Along the way it didn't always go to plan but I aspired to get my article published and that is exactly what I did! Here you can read my article, about another alumni member who is achieving his aspirations, in the latest Aspire issue (pages 10-11).

It was nice to contribute something back to BCU after all they have taught me.

The purpose of this post is not to brag about my success but to provide tips for everyone who wants to succeed in their desired field. Often it's about starting closest to home - use the sources/opportunities you already have. Aspire to do what you want and you will succeed!


  1. What a fantastic achievement ! I actually don't live very far from Birmingham :) If you're into creative writing I read a great blog post the the other day that you might like :

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

  2. Thank you so much! Ooh cool, you may find the magazine interesting then :) and thanks for the link; I will check it out. Gemma xx