Journalists excel | Bogle soars high with Ireland scholarship
It is Dania Bogle's intention to use the skills she will acquire from her tertiary pursuits at the Institute of Technology, Tralee in County Kerry Ireland, to promote the importance of holistic health and wellness.
Bogle, a sports journalist, was recently awarded a scholarship to pursue a Master of Science in Health and Leisure Studies at the institution - a journey she said has created an avenue to combine her interests in sports and health.
"Everything was so sudden and rushed. I applied two days before the June 23 deadline. I was short-listed and interviewed on Skype two weeks later. They told me I would find out by the end of July, but July ended and I didn't hear anything, and I wondered if I had got through. It was not long after though, I got an email informing me that I was accepted, and on August 8, it was confirmed. I couldn't have afforded to pursue such a programme otherwise," she said.
The 39-year-old said her journey to this point was not short of its challenges, but pointed that every hurdle prepared her for this accomplishment. She said her aim is to make use of this opportunity and to increase awareness about wellness issues.
"When I left high school, I applied for quite a few scholarships, but I never got any, so I got into work, and I worked for a long time. I had my daughter in the middle of that, but I decided that I would not quit because I never wanted her to think it's OK to give up, so I kept going. My degree took me seven years to complete, but I am finally done and looking forward to this new chapter," she said.
"One of my objectives is to see how they engage in sports. It seems to be a town that's really into its sport with a lot of physical activities, and I would love to see how they approach it as opposed to here."
She added: "What I'm passionate about is getting our people to move and be active, and it's not only about being slim, but mental and emotional health as well."