I can’t believe it's nearly 12 years since I walked through the doors of Tonypandy Community College (now Ysgol Nantgwyn) for my first day in secondary school! I remember being filled with so many different thoughts, feelings and emotions. “Will I fit in?”, “Will people like me?”, “Will I get bullied?”, “What will my teachers be like?”, “Will I make new friends?”. I can honestly remember it as if it were yesterday! I was all prepped from head-to-toe, had my animal print rucksack fully packed with my new stationery, and my freshly ironed uniform! It felt good!!
I was definitely better prepared physically than I was mentally or emotionally though. I was always someone that overthought everything, worrying about every little thing that came up, and the move up to the Comp was just like everything else only bigger, the feelings and worry just magnified! I constantly worried if people liked me; if I was pretty enough; if I'd pass my tests and exams; if people were gossiping about me; if I was making the right decisions in order to fit in… Honestly, the list was