Thought for the DayMon 11 Sep 2017
I am sure that many of the Upper Sixth, like myself, find it surreal to be in our last year at Wrekin. It doesn’t seem very long ago that I was sat in Chapel as a new Lancaster. But this is a new term, a new school year and it really doesn’t matter how long you have been at this school: whether it is just a few days or six years, we are all Wrekinians together but we are also individuals, we are unique.
However long you have here at Wrekin, never lose sight of who you truly are. Last summer, I went on exchange to Australia and this summer as part of my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award I had to attend a residential course. Once again, I was new and had to fit in with a large cohort of strangers. Prior to this, the last time that I was in a situation when I felt the same sense of nervousness was when I first started here, in First Form. I had honestly forgotten how hard it was to be new.
My three pieces of advice would be: firstly, don’t forget to smile, secondly, speak to as many people as you can and thirdly, never be someone you are not but strive to be the best version of yourself you can be. People will like you for who you are rather than someone you are trying to be. This last piece of advice applies not only to the new people here, but to everyone. Make the most of this year and make every moment count.