So Long and Thank You BCU!

Well, today was the day. Today was our final day at BCU and that meant presenting our final projects to everyone in the trip plus staff from BCU. Everyone that presented today had very well done slides with lots of important information. I know that I certainly learned a lot from all of the projects…

Gonna Miss You BCU!

Today was presentation day and it was really nerve racking for all of us. There were four groups for presentations and each group had about 12-15 minutes to present what we learned during our time here and the UK and how it compares to the US.  Even though we were very anxious to present I…

PhD Prepared

Today, we woke up with the intention of having a class and then focusing on presentations. However, life happened and we got to work on our presentations for a good few extra hours. I loved and needed this, as I am an anxious individual and felt that the more practice we got the better our…

Farewell BCU

Today was the final day of spending time and learning at Birmingham City University. While I am sad that my time at BCU has come to an end, the knowledge, mentors, and students I’ve met, and the skills I’ve gained from my peers will always stick with me. Today, at the university, our group presented…

Presentations and Packing

Finishing up our last day at Birmingham City University with the wonderful people we met we were able to give our presentations! Although we were all a little stressed out and nervous about these projects it was definitely a great experience in the end. With everything we learned at the university and our own research,…

Saying Goodbye is Hard!

Our last day here at BCU wrapped up with group presentations on all of the new information that we’ve learned through our lectures and further research. Leading up to the presentation, I was a mixture of nervous and excited to share our findings. Starting with our original overlying topic, most of our original inquiry questions…

B C U later

My last class at BCU was filled with so much information that expanded my knowledge so much. I am so glad I had the opportunity to explore Birmingham City University and meet amazing faculty and students. Without this trip, I would still be blindsided in so many aspects of the world that were brought to…

Last day of school :(

Today was presentation day! We had the morning free to practice and prepare, and soon enough it was time to present. Beckie, Audrey, Quincy, and Lindsey focused their presentation on how immigrants are represented and treated within the eduction and healthcare systems. They explained how maternal mortality disparities are a big problem in both the…

You can call me Dr. Quincy now

Today was the day we had all been anticipating, it was presentation day. Before we left for this trip to the UK we had a pre-departure presentation we had to do. We chose our groups and chose an area we wanted to research while we were in Birmingham. My group chose to focus on the…

Lecturee becomes the Lecturer

Today was our last day at the BCU campus. We ended our time at BCU with our group presentations that we had been preparing for since before we left. This was our way to summarize everything that we had learned and apply it to Healthcare and Education. My group, which was just the two of…

Girlbosses

May 17, 2022 Today was the day we were all so anxious for: our presentations in front of our classmates and BCU faculty. Even though we were dreading it, I think they went so well and my classmates did such an amazing job in their research! It was so impressive to see the growth in…

Why do I no longer hear the cheering at 8pm in 2022?

We had a great start to the day by being welcomed at BCU with free coffee! We also got free reusable cups and got to make a sticker which was fun. We spent the morning preparing for our presentations and asking Claire questions that we have had about the healthcare system. I asked about if…

Goodbye BCU!

05/17/2022: Today we presented our group research topics. Here is what we learned! Kayla, Courtney, Mary, & Abbie’s presentation on mental health. Mental health is funded through NHS; it is found in all three sectors of the NHS. Specialized care is gathered through a referral via a GP. You are given up to 5 options…

DONE

The presentations are over!! WOOHOO!! Everyone did such a great job and I’m so proud of everyone’s effort and research. I thought all of the topics were interesting and summed up what we have been learning for the past two weeks pretty well. The first group to go was Kayla, Mary, Abbie, and Courtney’s group,…

Reflecting On Childhood

Today we visited the Ladywood Family Centre, which ended up fully convincing me that I want to do pediatrics or neonatal specifically. I already had an interest, but getting to see the kids was such a joyful experience and I can not see myself in any other part of the field. Ladywood, which is operated…

Maybe I should be a peds nurse…

Today was, in my opinion, one of the most fun places we visited on the trip! We visited the Ladywood Family Center, a childcare center located in West Smethwick. Although this location would be compared to a preschool or childcare center in the United States, it was nothing like childcare I had ever seen before….

Good Old Days

Today has been my favorite day since I’ve been in Birmingham! We woke up early and headed to a children’s charity center called Action for Children. After spending the first half of the day inside the facility, we headed to Birmingham City University to hear a lecture on social work within the education and healthcare…

Kids are the CUTEST

Today we visited the Ladywood Family Center. The center aims to provide families with early years services. The center provides great learning and opportunities for children and their families to thrive in order to lead more confident, caring, and capable lives. The location we visited, Sandwell, is a very ethnically diverse area with 51% of…

Ladywood Family Center

 I woke up today and thought I was back in Pittsburgh, it was raining and you could barely see anything because the clouds were so low. However once I got down to the buffet at the hotel and heard all the brummie accents I quickly remembered I was in Birmingham. Today we got to do…

My Mother is a Social Worker

Social Work in the UK is considered to be on par and in collaboration with Education and Nursing. In the US, this is different. I know this because my mother is a Social Worker in the US for a company called Pressley Ridge. She is the project director for the residential placements for those with…