In this blog post Khushi a Guardian Scholar graciously recounts her experiences during her time at First Star.
When I first joined First Star UK, little did I know that I was not simply entering a programme, but stepping into a world where genuine connections and lasting friendships would be forged. The people I met along this transformative journey became more than just friends; they became my family and siblings.
The love and support we shared were immeasurable, as we laughed, cried, and stood by each other through thick and thin. I want to express my deep appreciation for the bonds we’ve built, the profound impact on our mental well-being, and how First Star has been an instrumental in my personal growth.
Joining First Star meant becoming part of a tightly knit community that extended beyond the boundaries of a programme. We celebrated each other’s successes, shared in the joys of laughter, and provided unwavering support during the darkest of times. Together, we created an environment where vulnerability was welcomed, and authenticity thrived. These shared moments strengthened our connection and deepened our understanding of one another. The joyous laughter we shared created memories that will forever be etched in our hearts, while the tears we shed were a testament to the depth of our empathy and compassion.
First Star provided us with a safe space to knock down the walls that hindered our growth and prevented connections. In this environment, we felt encouraged to express our true selves, free from judgment or fear. The barriers we once built to protect ourselves slowly crumbled, allowing vulnerability to flourish.
If your thinking about First Star as an option for a young person and you’re not sure if it will be a good fit for them, please let them have the opportunity. At first I wanted to leave I didn’t want to do the programme but now at the end of it I miss having the monthly sessions, trips, residential all of it.
My time with First Star has been a transformative experience, one that has shaped me. I am forever grateful for the bonds we’ve built and the love we’ve shared, as they continue to inspire me to strive forward knowing I am fully supported. I am now studying criminology and sociology at St Mary’s University, and I look forward to the new friends I will make along the way.