A girl with too many thoughts...

Thursday, 22 December 2016

I Went On The Radio!

Back in September, I wrote a blog post for the UK charity Student Minds about the anxiety of starting university. They then contacted me earlier this month asking me if I wanted to share my story on BBC Radio 5 Live in a live interview about student mental health and university drop-out rates.

My instant reaction was obviously 'no way on earth can I do that'. I'm terrified of embarrassing myself in all situations, let alone on national radio. However, deep down, I knew it was an incredible opportunity and that I would be silly to pass it up and give in to my anxiety (once again). After all, the whole point of my blog and Twitter account is to open up the conversation around mental health, so being able to talk about it on the radio seemed an ideal way to do this.

So, after much consideration and encouragement from my parents over FaceTime, I decided to just go for it. I mean, what's the worst that could happen? I say something absolutely ridiculous on live national radio for my family, friends and thousands of strangers to hear and feel so embarrassed that I never leave the house or show my face in public again? Ah well, life moves on.

And that was that. This time last week, I travelled to my nearest BBC studio, stuck a pair of headphones on and took part in the hour long radio show (yay me!). I must admit, it wasn't exactly the glossy studio with lots of high-tech electrical bits and bobs that I had in mind, but it did the job.

The show was introduced with a short clip about a new wellbeing scheme being set up at Kings College London, which focuses on providing over the phone peer-support to vulnerable first-year students who may be in need of further support. It was all rather exciting, and I even got the chance to share some of my own personal experience with mental health problems in that crucial first few months at uni.

I'm really proud of myself for pushing through and doing it, especially since I was so convinced beforehand I'd be way too anxious to go ahead with it. Of course I listened back and cringed, because like most people, I hate the sound of my own voice. Yes, I was nervous and maybe that came across a bit when I was speaking, but who cares? I proved myself wrong and gained an incredibly valuable experience in the process, and that to me is the main thing.

And remember, you are capable of so much more than you think, even if your mind tries it's absolute hardest to convince you otherwise.

Thank you so much for reading. :)

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