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Independent , Honest , Liberal

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Male , 28

I'm Shane, I'm 18 and am on my gap year, heading to uni in September (hopefully). I'm currently working in a Students' Union at a local College and I'm having a blast. My work involves campaigning for students' rights, voicing their concerns and generally making sure they have the best student experience while studying at the college. This is a full time job, so I've also moved out of home. Living without you parents in the house is a huge step; I've been living on my own for around 3 months and am still getting used to it. I am really into music, of most genres. Whenever I feel like crap I always find that music can take it all away and put me in a more comfortable frame of mind - particularly rock music. Anyways without writing an essay (!!), I come from what can only be describes as a "normal" background in that my childhood doesn't stand out as particularly significant - that makes it sound really dull but it wasn't. The best bit of advise I was given (and is still with me today) was from my form tutor at secondary school who said to me before I left: "Take every opportunity to better yourself". Hey, you only live once (maybe) so don't go for the easy life - think out of the box, get creative and have a blast!!

Life experiences

What do I REALLY want to do?

Not knowing what to do after A Levels. Should I go to uni, should I get a job, what do I want to do?? Honestly, I had no idea. So I took a gap year to figure it out for myself. I did feel a little annoyed at myself at first though - many of my friends knew exactly what they wanted to do with life and were out there doing it while I was stuck! This year has been what I really needed and would highly recommend it to anyone who wasn't absolutely sure about what they want to do.

Relationship problems

A friend of mine is having problems in a relationship. I've helped her identify that there seems to be a lack of respect between them which means that neither of them can openly talk about their feelings with eachother.

Feeling alone

Being alone. Don't get me wrong - this isn't a sob story, but being such as independent person comes at a cost. You think you can do everything by yourself so, although your friends know that you're close to them, I don't always feel that my friends are close to me...

Why mentor on horsesmouth?

I am passionate about talking to people and finding out what they're up to and offering support when I can. Horsesmouth allows me to do that and I thrive on that buzz you get when you know you've helped someone figure something that's been bugging them for ages - or when someone just needs to channel their emotions through talking to someone.Thats what's motivated me into signing up. I genuinely want to listen and I'm pretty good at it!!!

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