On a visit to Leeds Trinity, Sarah Mills rises to the challenge to write up her own story
I am Yorkie with southern roots and a dash of a Scottish twang. Some may call me a mongrel of nationalities, whereas I prefer to call myself cultured (let’s ignore the fact that I live in Scarborough).
However, I believe it’s not your background which defines you, as philosophical as that may sound. It is your experiences and values which are shaped by socialisation. I love animals, more specifically dogs, which is a big segment of my identity. My friends know me as “ahhh Sarah, the one who would chose to save her dog over a friend in a fire’’ or ‘’ahhh Sarah the pescatarian’’ etc. (Having an awkward dietary requirement is not convenient).
Another ‘chapter of my story’ if you will, is my job. I work as a children’s holiday park entertainer. Unfortunately, I don’t wear sparkly waistcoats, glamorous costumes, or sing in a cabaret performance. Instead, it’s more like dancing around like a five-year-old to ‘YMCA’ and joining in with games such as pie face.
Although it may seem I am downgrading my job, it truly has given me vast experience working with cross sections of the communities and the ability to stand on a stage confidently with a mic.
But working with children can prove difficult as I see parents mould them into stereotypes. A young girl wished to buy a green glow stick but her mother insisted she would have the pink one because it is ‘a girl’s colour’. Now I may have gone off on a tangent, but these are experiences I find interesting in my life.
Recently, I have fallen down the trap of the ‘healthy lifestyle’ and joined my local gym. Whether going to the gym will last long is debatable, but I’ll keep you updated. I’m at that stage where by the time I’ve walked to the gym I’m ready to turn back round again, insisting I’ve done enough exercise. Or getting into the gym only to find the body builders in the corner intimidating, so I stick to my usual ‘gentle cycle’ on the bikes.
Now I’m scraping the barrel of what to say about myself, so without rambling another aspect of my life is my social life and being a college student. Balancing the two is difficult, but at 16 I’m allowed to make a few mistakes when it comes to priorities (my mum would disagree). Personally, I think I work better under time restrictions, so the added stress of finishing coursework as well as attending a party at the weekend creates a more dynamic and exciting life. That’s my theory anyway.