Media Student Case Study: Ashton Bryan
“I can’t believe that I came so far with Rockhaq. I had failed my English GCSE and had no confidence when it came to writing assignments. At the end, thanks to Rockhaq, my Media Studies teacher said that I had been transformed and that my communication skills were now fantastic!! She said that I became so confident at expressing my opinions in writing and face-to-face. I’m shocked that I was chosen by Rockhaq to be a student editor and read and feedback to others on their work. In the end I won a Rockhaq music mission and got tickets to see Nicki Minaj live. Rockhaq is just the best!”
Ashton Bryan is an 19 year old Creative Media Production student at South Nottingham College who loves fashion and early 1990’s soul music. Ashton has never passed her GCSE English exam. Ashton joined the Rockhaq pilot with a number of her classmates to use it for a class assignment. At first Ashton thought that Rockhaq was not for her and that she wouldn’t use it. The results have been outstanding.
Ashton decided to use Rockhaq as she could see it could be much more useful for her future and career than other course options and she really wanted to learn how to blog and to get her work online. Her first music review was influenced by her passion for fashion, on OMG Girlz – Gucci This (Gucci That) and her second music review on Rihanna’s Talk That Talk album won Review of the Week. The standard of Ashton’s writing between her first and second reviews shows a huge improvement and she is now a regular Rockhaq blogger, writing music reviews in her own time nearly every week.
Ashton has gone on to write reviews on breakthrough underground artists like Yasmin, showing the Rockhaq community new acts, and has also indulged her love for retro Soul music with her work on Monica, Rick Ross and Lil Kim. Ashton also wrote a live review after going to see Drake at Birmingham LG Arena in April 2012 and went on to win Review of the Week again for her efforts, as well as writing more music reviews on a Robin Thicke and L’il Wayne collaboration and hip-hop artist Miguel.
How has Rockhaq made a difference so far?
Since using Rockhaq, Ashton has gained much more confidence in expressing her opinions in writing and verbally, and the change has been dramatic in her Media Co-Ordinator Yvonne Walker’s opinion. Ashton is currently in our Top Five on the Rockhaq Member Leaderboard, showing the dedicated contribution she has made to the community in a short space of time.
Ashton’s mum even encouraged her to get the dictionary out and use it to help her find more words to use in her Rockhaq reviews, which shows parental engagement and the reach that Rockhaq can have far beyond the traditional school environment.
Ashton has improved her writing skills so much that she is now working at being a Rockhaq Student Editor for the Central Nottingham College student blog group. Ashton is very excited about being given this opportunity and she is proud of the progress she has made.
How often does Ashton use Rockhaq?
Ashton mainly writes on her Rockhaq blog in the evenings, and she has also been writing on it on her laptop in the sunshine during her spare time. Ashton also tweets her opinions on what she is writing. Ashton plans to go on to study Fashion at another college and wants to take her Rockhaq blog with her as she really wants to keep using it. Ashton is inspired to pursue a career in fashion journalism or fashion blogging thanks to her positive experience with Rockhaq.
Ashton won a Rockhaq music mission to see Nicki Minaj live in concert and she loved the experience! Team Rockhaq would like to thank Ashton for the hugely positive contribution she made to the community during its pilot stage.