Ashlee Roberts: Where is she now?
9 October 2016
What did you study whilst at Cadbury?
I studied English Language and Literature, History, Law, Psychology (AS) and I also completed the Extended Project in A2.
How was your college experience?
I adored my time at Cadbury! The community of students and lecturers were welcoming and warm hearted. Everyone has a like-minded attitude to education and are focused on securing the next step on the way to their dream careers. I left with a wealthy amount of friends, knowledge and satisfaction.
What did you do after college?
I chose to go to Birmingham City University to study a BA in English. At the time, I wasn’t really sure on what career I wanted to specialise in, so the course gave me the chance to explore all professional avenues under the English banner (the students and staff are super friendly too!) After realising my passion lay with drama and creative writing modules, I started developing a writing portfolio of poetry, short stories, plays and journalistic articles in preparation for a career in professional writing.
What experience did you gain whilst at university?
After reading some of my poetry on live radio, I gained an internship with BBC Birmingham in broadcast media production. It gave me the opportunity to experience a high calibre of journalism in a fun, exploratory environment. I also entered writing competitions which resulted in my poetry and short stories being published in online and print magazines. Alongside my internships, I managed to gain positions at Asian World News and NUBI Magazine as a journalist/columnist/guest writer. I headed the PR team for the XX VOTE campaign for Youth Media Agency (a national campaign to get more young women to vote in the 2015 general election) and was lucky enough to secure a daytime presenter role on 107.5 Switch Radio, with the aim of interviewing inspirational young creatives from Birmingham and beyond. With the help of my internships and dedicating long, tiresome nights to studying (trust me, they’ll be a lot of them!) I graduated in July 2016 with a 2:1 with honours.
I would like to complete a masters in English with a focus on ethnic literature and media, however I have taken a gap year out to practise writing freelance. I am starting an online platform to publish my articles and creative pieces (poetry, stories etc.) surrounding my experiences as a black woman travelling and working in Asia. I am currently working in India for three months writing and empowering young women to become educated and build feministic bonds. Hopefully, I will be able to travel to other parts of Asia to get a fuller, vast understanding of eastern perceptions of race, privilege and identity. Upon my return, I will tour across universities and colleges hosting talks around my findings and how they can be used to help improve attitudes towards race and identity in the UK.