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19th March 2019
LTSU Magazine
Your Opinions, Your Voice
Issue 1
York St John Vs Leeds Trinity Varsity 2019

 

The York St John vs Leeds Trinity Varsity 2019 is on Wednesday 20th March! It's being hosted at York St John University this year - it's twenty-two fixtures, over 500 athletes and there can only be one winner!

We lost last year, let's see if we can change that this year!

Find all the fixtures for the day below:

Stomp Out Bullying

I think everyone will have a different definition of the term ‘bullying’, and their own perspectives based on their own experiences, and it’s hard to give it one solid definition, but the experiences people share can be pretty similar.

I don’t believe in holding onto things from the past, but I also don’t believe in ignoring or condoning people’s behaviour, and not speaking out about it. Primary school for the most was an amazing time for me, until it wasn’t.

I remember not really understanding what was happening at first, never speaking about it because no one else seemed to care, and carrying on like being verbally singled out every single day was normal and ‘part of growing up’ and I should have a thicker skin, but I was wrong. I was the most confident, bubbly, sociable girl growing up, never shying away from things such as public speaking and presenting, but as the torment continued, I could feel this being stripped away.

The more people laughed at me, the more the feeling of being ‘normal’ and ‘belonging’ faded, and it was crippling. What is even more crippling on top of this, is that bullying doesn’t just affect you, it affects your family and friends and everyone around you, taking in your pain. This then became another reason to keep it in, because seeing / hearing the two strongest people in my life, my mum and dad cry and sob and fight for something which wasn’t going to stop, was heartbreaking.

I remember being literally hit, screamed at, taunted and had to put up with constant racism, being made to feel because I’m a bit darker I’m disgusting or abnormal, and at such an impressionable age, these thoughts stuck hard.

The worst part wasn’t even the abuse, it was the school passing a blind eye to all this, passing these CONSTANT events off as ‘accidents’ or excusing people’s behaviour due to tough lives at home, or lack of education, or having favourites in the class that they were reluctant to shout out, no matter how blatantly horrible they were.

Therefore, at 7/8 years old, I was going to school, pretty much terrified, and knowing nothing was going to change. These feelings then manifested into dangerous coping mechanisms, I developed bulimia and began to make my self be sick every single day, so I didn’t have to face the reality’s of school, and could escape the mental torture. This then led to such strong suicidal feelings, that I was so close in attempts to taking my own life, due to other people’s actions. I used to lay in bed, at 8 years old, sobbing, seeing the pain/stress I was bringing on people’s lives who were trying to support me, and I wanted it all to stop and end, I wanted to die so badly.

However, despite all of this, I pulled through, I have the most amazing, strong, caring, and loving parents and I’m so blessed as without them there to fight for me to move school and take the previous school to court, I would of gone through with those thoughts and not have been here today. Further to this, what little friends I had at the time were also a blessing, and to this day I am so internally grateful for each one of them.

In addition to this, by writing this article, I’m trying to say that bullying is NOT okay. You should never ever be afraid to tell people, speak out about it, scream it, write it down, make as much of a fuss as possible about the pain you are experiencing, and you will hopefully have a better outcome at the time than me. There is nothing more I regret than not standing up to my self to both the bullies and teachers. Being different is NOTHING to be ashamed of. You are beautiful. You are worthy. You are special.


Jaya Sharma
Level 6, Media

Clubs and Socs Awards 2019
The Clubs and Socs Awards take place this Friday, with the reveals of who's shortlisted happening throughout the day before the event in the evening.

Be sure to get your best poses ready - post your snaps with the hashtag #LTSUawards on Twitter or Instagram and see your face on the big screen on the night!

The tickets for the event are now sold out! The Clubs and Socs Awards starts at 7PM at the Leeds Marriot Hotel:

Leeds Marriot Hotel
4 Trevelyan Square, Boar Ln, Leeds LS1 6ET


Be sure to stay tuned to our social media for updates on all the winners!
Being a Disabled Young Adult in 2019
Your Disabilities Officer Chloe Tear (right) speaks about her experiences of being a disabled young adult in 2019
Well, I hope you're sitting comfortably, this post has not been planned in advance and I'm not quite sure where we'll end up. All I can tell you is that it'll have highs and lows, victories and defeats, it will probably be quite unpredictable. 

If you replace the word 'post' with disability in the paragraph above then you have a pretty accurate summary of what it is like being a disabled young adult in 2019. However, that probably simplifies it a little too much. You see, disability is often simplified for the purpose of explaining things and making it easier to get a point across. Why not see it for it's complicated, messy and beautiful component of a person? Yet even that is separating the disability from the person which is poor on my part. 

 

Every transition is a hurdle

Being a disabled young adult means numerous transitions to build the bridge from adolescence to adulthood. These transitions may consist of education, employment or even changing medical professionals! When you have a disability you can find yourself constantly having to explain or justify things to the people around you. I remember the transition from Sixth Form to university, the prospect of going from a place where everyone knew 'what to do' to a new environment where Cerebral Palsy was probably a foreign concept was terrifying. Each stage has led to new challenges, new hurdles and many more people who often doubt our abilities. In that sense, we seem to be fighting one system or another to get the support or to participate in a society that we are more than entitled to be involved with. If it's not support to get into education it can be things to do with employment, housing or Personal Assistants.
 

You get very good at explaining your needs


Over the years I've become accustom to explaining what support I need to complete tasks and how I best can explain myself medically. Yet this isn't something able- bodied young adults will have to do. As a disabled young adult you have to learn how to speak up for yourself. Being confident about your own needs is often the only way things get implemented, even if you pretend to be confident half of the time! Yes, support from parents is still gladly welcomed, but there is only so long before you need to stand on your own two feet. I have the explanation of Cerebral Palsy down to a fine art, with various versions ready depending on who I am talking to. Yet I think being so in tune with yourself doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing. Even at times when we are unsure what support we need, the skills to articulate our disability can be transferred into so many different elements of life.
 

The frustration of knowing how capable you are


I well and truly know what I can achieve, I also am incredibly determined to get there. However, there are times when the mind is willing but the body says no. Sometimes the disability wins and this is one of the most frustrating things EVER. My mind is just as capable as an able- bodied person. I also don't see why I shouldn't be able to achieve as highly, meaning stubborn Chloe makes an appearance. This means there is often the sudden realisation that I'm not able-bodied and unfortunately I can't run round doing everything, despite giving it a good go! If someone says we are incapable of something this can serve as motivation to prove them wrong if we know it is within our abilities. Proving our abilities and worth is often a never ending process that can be tiring in itself. We want to show we are capable, even if this means we have to work 10 times as harder, yet showing too much capability can lead to others questioning our disability in the first place. Sometimes it would be nice to have that extra effort acknowledged...
 

Understanding the importance of self- care


Being a disabled adult, trying to fit in, progress in society and manage our health can be exhausting. Many of us have to pace ourselves to get through the day, to ensure are able to maintain some sense of normality. Self- care can be critical in helping us to do so. We'll appreciate a hot bath or a snuggly blanket more than most and having to take those days to recover allow us to be more a-tuned to our bodies. Despite the stubborn nature to continue, sometimes enough is enough. We need those days to read a book, watch a film and recover from life. We understand that we're not going to get very far without taking that time out to look after ourselves. Maybe everyone could learn from that? I'm not saying we're perfect, I know I am guilty of pushing myself that little too hard from time to time. Yet if you're looking for inspiration for the best pyjama and fluffy sock combo I know many people who could help you out!


So, what's it like being a disabled young adult in 2019?


I believe this makes us appreciate the smaller victories in life because we can experience extreme highs of achievements or lows of defeat and frustration. A disabled young adult often just wants to be a young adult! We want to participate in all things joyful and exciting, yet also have many other competing demands that complicate matters. Balancing everything can be a challenge and it's okay to have a break from everything just to focus on you.

Chloe Tear
Disabilities Officer
     
We’re always after more writers for the magazine and who better than YOU; the students, to get your voices heard?

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Ryan Martin
LTSU Digital Engagement Team

 
     
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