My name is Oluwadamilola Okeyoyin and I’m 25 years old. I’m currently studying my Masters in Research Applied Sciences at UWE. My friends would describe me as fun, loyal and talented. I enjoy reading, traveling and cooking. I’ve always been really fortunate to have supportive parents that afforded me the opportunity to pursue my dreams regardless of societal expectations. I feel good about the prospects that are available. However, I wish there was more for BAME students like me and I wish there was no bias in getting jobs and accessibility to opportunities.

I first heard about Babbasa through Bristol Equity at my university. I joined them for their 2021 Challenge programme where I became a Youth Ambassador and helped to organise the ‘City of Change: Connections’ events. This was a series of four panellist and networking events bringing young people together with professionals in the industry of their interest. I was part of the Operations team, so I was learning new skills that are important for event planning like making risk assessments. It was really motivating to know that all the work that went into the event meant that young people would greatly benefit from it. Not only that, but it also gave me the chance to improve my own networking skills.

Looking ahead I feel more positive about the future. I now understand that communication and building a network of connection will help me achieve my goals. My goal is to become a cancer research scientist. I hope I’ll be positively impacting education at UWE in six months time, starting my PhD in a year and secure in an accomplished career in my future. If I could give my younger self any advice I would say to be patient, work hard and have no regrets.