Born and bred Welsh girl who speaks very little Welsh!
I come from the coastal county of Pembrokeshire. It’s a beautiful, historical, rural place, surrounded by the sea and full of gorgeous beaches, castles and parks. Okay so it also has some slightly downtrodden areas, the usual small town minds, and is close to NOTHING! Ideal for retirement, not so much for a newly qualified anything looking to make their way in life.
Like many young children, I wanted to be, do and know absolutely everything ever! I dreamed of becoming a teacher, dancer, inventor, social worker, nanny, archaeologist, business owner (mostly playing shops!), office worker (well, I got that one!) and many more. I’m 26 now and still haven’t decided!
The (sketchy, yet wonderful) middle:
I had no idea what I wanted to do when I finished school, and envied everybody who had a set plan/goal. I didn’t want to go to university straight away being so unclear, and was worried about wasting time there. I worked in a large shop whilst at Sixth Form, and carried on to College to get more A-Levels. I did pretty terribly in Sixth Form and just as bad in College. I had no direction so continued working until I figured out what to do.
At 20 years old, I had a moment, and decided I was going to University to study Education/Teaching. I called up my first choice, Aberystwyth University, got accepted (phew!) and was due to start in exactly 3 weeks. I chose my course, uni and organised it in one day. I went to work that afternoon and handed in my notice.
University was more than I ever expected and changed my life. Forget the money spent, the hard times, the all-nighters (I always did my essays in a day as well), the drama, the nutters you had to live with – it was a wonderful experience and I wouldn’t change any of it. Well, maybe small things, actually, but we won’t go into those! I did a joint course, Education and Film + TV, finished with a high grade (2:1) and continued to do a Masters in Scriptwriting. I had crazy fun times, got drunk too much, and met some of my best friends. I also met the love of my life (bleurgh!). To anybody wondering whether they should go…just do it!
Unable to get a steady job in Wales – who knew a degree wouldn’t help me?! – I was persuaded by a friend to move to Leeds where she was. That’s where I am now! I packed a couple of suitcases and moved there in March 2012.
She kindly put me up while I found my feet. After one hundred million job applications (or at least 100), I finally got a job. And it was a good one. I run an online business for a company and it’s great. A good way of getting me into business and marketing and I actually like the place most of the time.
So here I am! A small girl, from a small town, living in the big city. Well, not THE big city, but close enough!