Me and my role models

By Book Geek (age 11)

I expect my role models to be kind, caring, compassionate and understanding irrespective of their excellence. Generally, I am drawn to female protagonists or trailblazer. Over the years I’ve had many role models from doctors to singers, from dancers to family members but authors have always been a powerful presence in my life.

I used to want to be a police officer but then I saw how the police were treating black people in America. This reoccurring brutality of men, women, and children in my newsfeed made me think, this is not for me.  They are treating people unfairly and unjustly; when they have so much power and opportunity to do good because of the colour of a person’s skin. I don’t think this is right and I don’t want to work in a job that racism and such violence is associated with.

As a child, you often either are with the crowd or not. I wasn’t with the crowd although I think I’m now quite popular.  I love books, I love the journey, possibilities, and emotions that can take place in a story.  Growing up my role models have continued to be authors consistently, this has never changed.  Whilst I think I will be a surgeon as I’m pretty good at the sciences and maths, people like Malorie Blackman and Jacqueline Wilson are my role models as they take me on different journeys with each book.  However, for my friends, it’s Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian. I didn’t always know who or what my friends were talking about, which has; in the past presented some issues.

What I’ve realised so far is that people make choices about who they are, who they want to be and who inspires them. From being somebody who is comfortable in many ways not following the crowd, I have learned that staying true to what you believe is an aspiration you seek in your role models.  My attitude is inspired by my role models. If I had stopped believing and trusting in the writers I read to show me more of what ‘me’ could be, I wouldn’t be ‘me’.