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July 2, 2017 Headspace: Listen to yourself!

Kristen is a Western University Sydney student who studies a Diploma of Social Sciences. She finished high school in 2014 and also volunteers for Headspace.

Headspace is an early intervention mental health service for 12 to 25-year-olds. They offer help in areas such as mental health, physical health, work and study support, and alcohol and other drug services.

I sat down with Kristy at our Your Path event at Liverpool City Library to ask her a few questions about her experiences at high school.

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Why do you volunteer for Headspace?

To give back to the community, a great service and I feel that youth mental health is very important, especially much more high because of the increase in mental health rates in young people.

What was the best thing about high school?

The best thing about high school was probably the challenges I had to face on the way. I guess learning a lot and then I’m not too sure…  there were just a lot of challenges I had to face that I guess made it easier to face challenges now as an adult.

What was the worst thing about high school?

I guess feeling so restricted in life, being told, you know, this is how life goes and this is how it’s gotta be and you know, you have to learn that way and not this way, and it wasn’t something that I particularly liked doing.

Do you find that university is a little more flexible that high school?

Yeah it’s definitely a lot more open and wide.

Do you have any advice for other high school students in the same position that you were?

I guess just really listen to yourself. During high school you find yourself really unattached because you’re really trying to please everybody else and do what’s best. You kind of forget what you want and when you leave high school you can feel so confused.

It’s a big world and you don’t really know where to start, because you’re trying to do what everybody else wants you to do and not what you want to do. SO yeah, I think listening to yourself is a good place to start.

And finally if you had to be a celebrity for a day, who would it be and why?

Ooh I would probably be… That’s a tough one. Probably Katy Perry I think, she’s just so like quirky and outgoing and I really look up to people who just don’t really care about what people think.

Esther Robertshawe
is a contributor for A•STAR