Daisy, mentee at St Teilo’s C.I.W High School: Writing a successful future
Daisy is a student at St Teilo’s, and is turning to her mentor for guidance around achieving her ambition of becoming a counsellor.
Please can you introduce yourself?
My name is Daisy and I’m a student.
What are you most passionate about?
I’m most passionate about writing. I really like writing and fictional stories. I started writing at a young age between nine and ten. I read a lot of books so that inspired me to start writing. I like writing about fantasy; fantasy stories about magic.
What do you want to do in the future?
I would like to be a counsellor when I’m older. Because I’ve watched lots of TV programmes and seen adaptations of counselling. I’ve done some research and it looks very interesting because it looks like something I’d be good at.
Counselling involves listening to people and trying to help them and resolve their issues. I do that on a daily basis with friendship problems. I’m quite considerate as well.
What is one challenge you’re facing right now?
School is kind of hard. It’s hard in the class because you have really smart people and people who don’t care. People pick on you because you care.
Why did you choose to take part in 1MM’s mentoring programme?
I chose to take part because I thought it would really help me with my future and future goals. I am quite ambitious. I know that to be a counsellor I will need help on the way and support from a different person will really help me.
My mentor talks about her personal experiences in school and work and her struggles; how she was bullied as well. It’s helping me to connect with her as some of the problems that she mentioned I’m going through as well.
What do you look for in a mentor?
Someone who’s experienced. Someone who’s understanding. Someone who can share their opinion. Someone who is a good listener but also gives really good advice as well.
If you could get one thing out of your mentoring experience, what would it be?
I want to take everything that my mentor has told me and put it into my own experiences.
What would you say to another young person who is thinking about getting a mentor?
I’d say give it a go, and if you don’t like it at first that’s ok. The more sessions you have the easier and more relaxed the atmosphere will be. Just try to be yourself, relax and keep the conversation going.