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Alex Hoey

Sunderland, UK

BA (Hons) Media Production


Alex Hoey is studying BA (Hons) Media Production. Alex is among the many estranged or care experienced students who study and live at the University of Sunderland. He lost his mother to cancer last year, and is now estranged from his father. He runs a small business making costumes for cosplay enthusiasts and is looking forward to his future media career.

I came to University of Sunderland because I had seen the facilities on an open day. I really liked what I saw and wanted to continue studying media at a higher level. Media is my passion. I see it an art form, and a voice that I can use to express myself.

The best advice I can give to anyone unsure about coming to university is to not feel trapped. Go to the open days, go and check out loads of options and subjects. If you start a course and don’t like it, you can always switch. No one will make you study something you dislike for three years. The same goes for accommodation, if you can’t handle it and want to live at home, that's okay!

At the moment I have to just take every obstacle as it comes and live in the moment. I have no clue where the next few years will take me, but I would like a career in the media, and would also like to continue with my business on the side.
I have amazing friends who are always wanting to hang out, but also respect that sometimes I need time to myself. My friends unwavering support along with the support of the University have been central to me making it through the last year, so I am extremely grateful and lucky.

I used to visit my mam when she was ill, and I know she was proud of me coming to the University.”

Published 3 April 2020

Hear Alex's perspective on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2020.

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