Tahirah Sharif's #Back2School Blog

Tahirah sharif



1 . What was your school like?

I went to a mixed school in Central London; it was about 25 minutes from where I live, so I’d either get on the bus or underground.

2. What is your favourite memory from school?

I used to love sports days, as I really enjoyed competing. Also, our sports days were held in a professional athletics field, so it was a great day out.

3. How did your school experience influence/help your career?

I can’t say my school experience has directly influenced/helped my career, but whenever I have to play a cheeky teenager, I always draw on my experiences at school!

4. Were you bullied at school? If so how did you overcome this?

I wasn’t bullied, but I did have a bit of a hard time during my last year at school    with a horrible group of girls who I had been hanging out with, but when I decided I didn’t want to hang out with them anymore they turned on me.

I overcame this by ignoring and avoiding them, and hanging out with people I       actually genuinely liked. It also helped that a lot of other people didn’t like them too!

5. What was your favourite school subject?

I really enjoyed Sociology, as I was interested in social behaviour, and how different people interacted with one another.

6. What did you look forward to when you went back to school after the holidays? What advice would you give to young people who are going back to school after the holidays?

I looked forward to seeing all of my classmates and friends to see if anybody had drastically changed over the holidays! I remember after the summer holidays one year, I came back to school, and all the boys had suddenly grown about a foot!!

The advice I would give would just be to try and look forward to it, see it as a       positive and a chance to start anew.

7. Was there anything you worried about when you went back to school after the holidays? How did you overcome this?

Because I went to a non-uniform school, I was probably worried about making      sure I looked good and having the latest trainers, clothes, hairstyle, etc. It sounds     pathetic now, but at the time, it was really important!

8. What was your favourite school meal?

Our school meals were quite horrible and unhealthy, so I would mostly try and go out       to buy my lunch, but if I had to eat at school, I had pizza.

9. If you had to go back to school again what would you change?

I would have wanted to have a lot more confidence, but I think that naturally comes with age. 

10. What advice would you give to anyone who is worried about going back to school because of bullying issues?

If you’re not coping well with the thought of going back to school, it might be  helpful to talk to someone about how you’re feeling. Try talking with a friend or family member.

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