I started at college on the 1st of September. I'm studying TV & Film Media at Level 3.
So far I'm enjoying it a lot. One thing that's just really nice is to be around people the same age as me.
For once I feel like I fit in, which is just really awesome.
I have had a few slip ups in regards to my anxiety (it doesn't just go away, which is a shame). I have struggled to go in some mornings, and during the day I sometimes get quite a bit of anxiety from nowhere, which can be quite difficult to cope with at times.
However, I feel incredibly confident. I wouldn't say I was a very loud person before but I'm rather loud now among friends which I hope is a good thing. I hate saying stuff like this, but sometimes I feel like a natural leader (sounds like I'm bragging which is awful, but I'm not, I swear) in regards to the work we're doing in class.
Today, it is World Mental Health Day.
Sadly, School Refusal isn't very well known. This makes it incredibly hard for children/teenagers and the parents/guardians of children and teenagers who struggle with School Refusal.
People tend to be quite skeptical, even rude about it. I hate the word 'truancy' due to this. It is described as 'the action of staying away from school without good reason.'
I certainly wouldn't call School Refusal a good reason, but truancy is often seen as something done by troublemakers (couldn't find a better way to phrase that, sorry!).
I don't class myself as a troublemaker - I wanted to go to school desperately, but my mind was preventing me from doing so. Please understand, it is incredibly important to distinguish between school refusal and truancy.
I don't have much else to say on the topic. I just felt like I needed to update.