The year is 2012, I’m driving out of my college for the last time (as a student anyway) and I’m feeling a mix of emotions. Happy, because I’m moving onto the next chapter of life and no more exams! Excited, because of what’s to come next. Nervous, because adult life now begins. But there was another emotion taking over, and one which I didn’t expect… sadness. Everything I had known for the past 14 years, primary, secondary and college, was all coming to an end and I was having to move on. The friends which I had made and had got used to seeing every single day were now going separate ways. And all the silly things which we used to do, messing about together at lunch, random talent shows, working out where we were heading at 3.15pm when college finished, all of this would now not happen again… not in the same way as it had been anyway!
I’ve been thinking about school and college a lot lately. For me school was a good experience, I was very lucky with the chances I was given throughout my education. The friends I made, the experiences I had. But I know that not everyone may have had the best school life. It is one of those things in life where views and opinions really do differ!
For some, like myself, memories are made and cherished, memories which really will last a lifetime. Friendships are formed and grown (I think they say that if a friendship lasts for 7 years, then that’s a friend for life… not sure where the figures for that are from but it’s a nice thought!) and so many positive outcomes are taken from however many years you may have spent within your schooling life.
But for others, it was tough. They didn’t feel they could a find a place where they fit in. They went in fearing for what the day may bring due to bullies, hard work or the treatment from certain teachers. And the memories which they have taken aren’t that of ones which they want to remember.
This can be changed though.
That feeling, that toughness, that hate. By you. By a friend. By anyone!
In whatever situation you may be in, school, college, or maybe even work or a group outside, you can be that change to how someone feels and perceives a situation.
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama.
Be that person that makes the first move and says hello to someone who may look alone.
Be that person who steps in when it looks like someone isn’t being treated correctly.
Be that person that becomes not only a memory for someone else, but a good memory.
A memory for a lifetime.
This week’s resource…
Forum Activity: Atypical
Can be found: Netflix
About: Sam, an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum, decides it's time to find a girlfriend, a journey that sets Sam's mom on her own life-changing path as her son seeks more independence. Atypical is a coming of age story that follows Sam, an 18-year-old on the autistic spectrum as he searches for love and independence.