by ‘Luci’ Gardner-O’Brien -people and places’ Young Professional Advisor
1. Be interested
I was ten years old when I read Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman – a dystopian love story which turns racial dynamics upside down. Whilst reading the first chapter, I realised that the main character was a dark skinned girl. I remember going red in the face, I had pictured her white like me – this is the first time I was aware of my white privilege.
This book was a pivotal moment in my middle class upbringing – following the characters’ journeys through racism, prejudice and violence. It sparked an ever growing interest in me about the world I live in, to challenge the things I saw and lived through.
After reading this book, at ten years old, I decided that I wanted to become a lawyer, it felt like the only way I could “change the world”. This is the first moment I remember actually wanting to change things, which sounds like a cliché so let’s remember I was ten at the time. Although, as I have grown up I have kept that interest. Knowing that there is always something to learn, people to meet, situations to be aware of are all crucial. An interest in current affairs, in the treatment of others, will always make sure you strive to do the best you can. I still believe in changing the world, that individuals can make change happen by campaigning, supporting others and making sure we act responsibly.