Being back home after being at university for 2 years is strange. A part of me feels like I have lost my independence; my parents cook and each week just feels like a very long holiday from whenever I made trips back home during Christmas, Easter or Summer. However, another part of me feels like my life has just started to begin. With placement happening, I am having the opportunity to explore more of London, as well as meeting so many new, exciting and cool people.
By being the Social Media and Media Manager of the Sapphire Community Group I have had the opportunity to meet so many incredible people. Because of this, I’ve got to go to many events hosted by my placement and other organisations, which have been such an amazing experience. I have got to see so much amazing young talent that I have not been exposed to, even though I have lived in London all my life. I have met young people, who are around my age and have their own businesses set up, can produce their own music, spit rhymes on the spot or just even know how to have a laugh. These are the people I feel like I need to be around more, to help push the creative side out of me, who I know will support whatever I am interested in, just like I would support their hobbies whether it may be music, drama, or videography.
Being in London isn’t all bad. I have had friends come to London for personal reasons, and I have had the chance to see them in this short time. I’ve been their personal tour guide, taking one of them to London’s O2 arena and another to Greenwich, a borough in South London. It was great to see these friends as I got the low down about what has been happening in Plymouth, but also what has been happening in their lives and how their final year has been going. I got to tell them the exciting things about placement and about what I do within the charity which gets them excited for their future too. Seeing these friends makes me realise how much I miss my friends back in Plymouth, but it makes me realise the opportunities I have now that I’ve started my placement year.
Alongside with seeing friends, I’ve been able to go to some cool places in London. I have experienced seeing the London skyline multiple of times at dusk and went to a cool crazy golf place in Shoreditch. Since I am a Londoner, I feel like I haven’t experienced my city the way I should. Therefore, this year I am taking the opportunity to explore the wonders of London.