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 Taha Khan of India. Taha is the CEO and founder of the Child Aware Project.
What type of student were you, e.g; your hobbies, interests?
I was studious. I was elected into Student Council in high school. I was (still am) a debater and I started Child Awareness Project (CAP - @ChildAwarePro) around the same time. This didn't mean that I didn't have people who were trying to put me down or say negative things about me. I did.
If you could change one thing your high school experience now, what would it be?
I wouldn't let people's opinions bother me. (Being studious - something seen as 'uncool' or 'nerdy' helped me get into medical school!)
What was the best piece of advice you were given at school?
To be magnanimous. Don't let the behaviours of others define your own.
What advice would you give to a parent/guardian reading this, if they are concerned about their young person?
Talk to your child. Make sure they know that you will support them no matter what. That they can tell you anything and you will be their 'safe person'.
"School days are the best days of your life"
Do you agree? What advice would you give to these young people to ensure that they are just that?
Absolutely! School is where you discover yourself, your interests, your passion! Don't let a few negative people or experiences turn you off! When one door closes, a bigger, wider one opens!
What advice would you give someone who is concerned about bullying in general?
It's good to be concerned! Because it is a problem! Get in touch with your local Anti-bullying Charities/Ambassadors to learn how you can help fight bullying!
Final comments, anything else you would like to mention that could help these young students?
Be yourself! Love Yourself! No matter what anyone else thinks of you, your are perfect just the way you are!
Don't let the behaviours of others define your own
Taha Khan- Child Aware Project