Stand Up & Speak Out

It's that time of year again when students are heading back to school, in order to support students and parents/guardians, we are running an #Advice4School campaign across social media. As part of our campaign we will be sharing some inspirational blogs and stories that will hopefully encourage students to seek the support that they truly deserve. 

This blog post comes from Lauren Chelsea Duffy, a student from England. 

What type of student were you, e.g; your hobbies, interests?

While being in school I enjoyed taking part in various sporting activities, I really enjoyed being a part of the rugby team. Playing rugby was very interesting and beneficial also. Apart from playing sports I was a also a keen reader. I loved playing as part of a team as I felt that it built my confidence.

if you could change one think about it now, what would it be?

I believe that during high school there is always drama/fall outs, for me I would have changed my group of friends. It is tough during school with exam stress and keeping up with work so having the right set of friends that are supportive is very important.

What was the best piece of advice that you were given at school?

I had a few issues in school and as a result, my self confidence decreased. I was lucky to have supportive teachers who told me to, "never give up and always focus on my goals". I found this very inspiring. I think that setting a goal for yourself and having people around you who believe in you is vital.

What advice would you give to a Parent/Guardian reading this if they are concerned about their young person?

Let them know that they don't have to deal with their concerns on their own, that you are always there for them. If you are worried that your child may be experiencing some issues in school, definitely contact your child's teacher or principal and ask to arrange a meeting. It is better to sort out situations when they arise before they spiral out of control.
No parent should be made to feel concerned, talk to your child and see what the cause of the problem is.

"School days are the best days of your life" 

I agree that school days are the best days of your life as its the starting point in your life, it's the place you get your education and meet new people. I think that the way you behave and whether or not you get involved during your time in school makes a huge difference. The advice I would give to young people is to always take a chance, get involved in new activities and take time to speak to new people, at first you may be nervous but the more you get involved the more confident you become.

Always try to stay calm while being in school, if you have and worries or concerns then speak to someone. Never keep things to yourself! If you are upset or worried about a situation speak to someone, teachers are there to listen and speak to someone you feel comfortable with don't put pressure on yourself.

Lauren Chelsea Duffy