My 14th year has been a busy one, as I knew it would be. It has been full of surprises but more importantly, challenges that have pushed me in ways I couldn’t have imagined. As I did at the end of last year, I wanted to talk about some of my favourite things during 2017.
At the start of the year, I did something that I had been wanting to do for a while, audition for a local musical. In February this became reality after the nerve-wracking audition process that definitely paid off. I have talked about this topic before in other posts but being a part of PIRATES! really made the year a lot more enjoyable. Sometimes at school things can get a little much, especially when you’re a target due to interests in what some may see as ‘abnormal’ areas. After a day at school that has been full of judgement and idiotic behaviour, it was nice to go to a group of people who were interested in the same thing, by the end of the final curtain call I had made a new family who I am excited to continue working within the 2018 production.
PIRATES! wasn’t the only musical I was involved in within this year; Grease was also on the agenda. It wasn’t all fun, particularly when it came to the end. This year was the last for two of my friends who graduated high school and it was their last production. It was an awesome way to spend time together for one of their final times in school. Other than the small sad aspect, Grease was so much fun, I mean the soundtrack is marvellous and the storyline perfect for school.
My interest in writing and specifically journalism also evolved throughout the 12 months with many different things unfolding. The year started with myself and some others forming our schools very first news station, which has since grown enormously. As a team we have interviewed Louise Staley, our local member for state parliament, Daniel Andrews Victoria’s Premier, we’ve moved into our own studio, purchased high-quality equipment and kept our community informed. AC News has an exciting future ahead that I am excited to be a part of during 2018.
I have continued to write for Youth Journalism International, with some exciting articles produced, including my interview with Peter Hitchener, 9News Melbourne’s evening newsreader on the future of journalism. Of course, my blog has grown and I am very grateful for your support, which pushes me to continue. I have started thinking about what’s ahead for my blog next year and hopefully, I will have some things to share in the new year. Please do let me know what sort of things you like seeing from me and also what you would like to see in the future.
My writing and passion for youth voice have led me most recently to being selected as a member of the first Victorian Youth Congress. We have only just begun our discussions and meetings that will continue in 2018. The group will be looking at areas such as education, mental health, employment and homelessness and ways the government’s policies can be improved. It is a great opportunity that I am looking forward to.
When thinking back to the year I have had, I can say that I have worked hard and achieved some great things. I undoubtedly have many things to focus on in the new year, some easier than others. My new year goals consist of working to the best of my ability, growing my skills in interest areas, being the best person I can be and taking time to relax, breathe and be mindful. I wish everyone a Happy New Year, please let me know your goals for 2018!