So I'm Jess. I'm 22 (in 10 days), and a full-time Uni student. I'm half way between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
I'm studying Psychology with a focus on research. My end goal is to conduct research on a range of factors involving the Australian foster care system, and how to improve the adjustment and life outcomes of children within the system. I really appreciate the stable upbringing I had with my family, and can't imagine having lived without it. So I want to conduct research on the foster system to improve the lives of those with a less fortunate upbringing than myself.
In my free time I like to research (surprise), get together with friends and family (very important), and spend time with children (my 9 nieces and nephews). I like adventure, and I'm keen to try new things. I am beginning to realise though, that I'm not a child anymore. I'm starting to get injured when I BMX or surf on the flooded lawn with the kids. And, I'm at that age where I probably shouldn't go to a playground with my mates unless I have a child with me :p Despite this, I do think it's important to enjoy the little things, the pleasures in life that children so readily enjoy, and adults learn to become indifferent to.
I have also been very much involved in a church (until recently). I spent a lot of time there going to a mentoring program, helping out with the kid's band and working as a leader in Sunday school. However, I recently opened up as being gay and am no longer suitable to be around the children. This has freed up time for me, which I'm using to reconnect with friends, family and the community. And, has also encouraged me to get back on f2b to connect with others who may be more accepting 🙂
I planned to write a couple sentences, and then it grew. My apologies if this constitutes over-sharing.
I look forward to heading your stories, and meeting some of you!