“Tell us about yourself.” Is there any other sentence that has the same capacity to instil fear into me? I think not… Whenever I join a new group or meet new people, it seems to be the first thing I am asked. And what do you say? There always seems so much to say, and yet so little seems relevant in that tiny snippet of time. Or you forget all about yourself and mumble something so worthless that everyone thinks you are the most uninteresting person they have EVER met -even more so than Great Uncle Jim who you have had to sit next to at every family reunion since 1990… I digress.
So what is there to say about me that you may find vaguely interesting? Well here goes. Actually ‘interesting’ may not be so accurate… but this should provide a little background to the girl behind the letters you read.
I am a white British national and I live in London. I love London as a city – there’s so much hustle and bustle, it’s a melting pot of so many cultures and so many things to do. A glimpse of world seems truly at your doorstep. But my relationship with London is also a love/hate one. The business of it all can get to you at times. It’s relentless. It’s a city that hardly sleeps. Screens flickering, buses racing, people shouting. So London will always be a home to me, but there is no place I’d rather be than atop a windswept hill, walking, getting drenched in the rain, rambling, getting lost in the wonder of an expansive landscape. I’m a city girl, with a country love.
My parents were both brought up Christian, and my brother and I were brought up with faith as a core part of life, to the extent that I can’t remember a life when we didn’t go to church. My Mother used to be the organist and choir master for our local church, and so we have always been used to being in a church, even when we didn’t have to be. My brother was a Cathedral chorister and so between ages 8-16 I attended services up to 6 times a week. We have continued to be congregants at the Cathedral, and I am both a Steward and reader.
Although I was brought up Christian and was baptised soon after I was born, I would say that my faith only really became important to me when I was having a horrible time at secondary school. I hated it and would cry every morning on the way to school. At that time my brother sang between 3-6 services a week, so we were regularly in the congregation. So it was at that time that my faith became integral to my life. It was something I could turn to when everything else was going wrong, and I knew it was somewhere I would always be accepted. Although I maybe didn’t understand everything (but does anyone?), I enjoyed having the place and the time where I could reflect in peace, and just be happy with being myself, rather than hiding away. I was confirmed in March 2013 and since then I have very much accepted being a Christian as part of my identity, although my faith continues to grow stronger every day.
I have just left full time education at a Christian foundation boarding school just outside London, where I studied from September 2013 to July 2018. I took A levels in English, French, History, Latin and Ancient Greek. I am now looking forward to the summer, when I can fully enjoy reading books and playing my musical instruments (‘cello and piano) as well as visiting people, and beginning to discover the world, and who I am called to be in it. Outside of academics, music is highly important to my life, and I have sung in Church or Chapel Choirs since the age of 6 as a soprano (or alto when no one else deigned to…), and latterly have lead the St John’s Sinfonia as 1st Cellist, as well as dabbling in String Quartets.
I hope to take up an offer to study Classics at St John’s College, Durham from September 2018.
In April 2018, I rapidly became critically ill and spent a week in Intensive Care at Gloucester Royal Hospital before being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It is a condition that I am still learning about, and will suffer from for the rest of my life. I am, however, determined that I will not let the disease hinder me too much, and I am optimistic that I will still achieve all that I aspire to (though I will never be able to be an astronaut…). Over the coming months, you can probably expect to see new writings about my feelings about the diagnosis, experience in hospital, and coping with the condition.
If you’ve lost me, and can’t find me rambling, studying, reading, worshipping or sleeping – then make me a cup of tea, and I won’t be far away 🙂
Birthday: 9th January, 2000
Favourite colour: Blue
Siblings: 1 brother, aged 15
Favourite season: Autumn > Winter
Favourite thing to do at the weekend: Sleep, and hang out on the sofa with a blanket and book, go for a walk or bake.
Favourite food: Really? I don’t think I need to answer this one – CHOCOLATE 😀 (Not good for a T1D… but I am learning to deal with it!)
Favourite thing to play: Bach ‘cello suites or Mozart piano sonatas
For more in depth information, and if you feel like you have stamina today, you can try and take a look at the 63 questions I answered.
NB If my life takes a sudden turn I will be sure to update this page…watch this space 🙂