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Before i tell you about my passions i thought it would be useful to define passion I also found this great quote from friedrich hagel So thinking about the things I love there are quiet a few ..... Friends are super important to me I have a large group of friends and I love them to bits, here a picture of a few of them I also love snowboarding, I thibk actually it s the most enjoyable thing I have ever done, heres a picture of taken a few months ago in France. I also love and have great passion for food, I spent the winter working with my mate Russell here cooking breakfast and a three course meal 6 days a week. I also love and have a great passion for music and art, I DJ write lyrics and enjoy modern and I use these medias to express what I believe to be my greatest passion which comes out of my own sufferning and the suffering of others. Now I think its important to talk about negative emotions and suffering when we talk about passion as the word itself is derived from the latin passio to suffer So wht about my suffering. Well i ll tell you what if there is one thing I hate and suffer with more than anything, its poverty and in particular UK poverty and the suffering it has caused me and others. it has become my passion to help in the war against UK poverty. Now for some the concept of UK poverty is impossible to fafothum; we all have roofs over our heads, clothes on our back, daily food in our bellies, clean water from taps, and are drwing in electronic consumables and entertainment were all certainly seem better off than our counterparts from less developed economies. But despite the misguided opinions of some of the UKs wealthier residents a large proportion of the UK population are living in poverty The UN describes poverty as The found jospeh rowntree foundation found: Now I think it s absolutely posturous that in one of the richest democratic countries in the world that nearly a quarter of the population live in poverty. Furthermore and what really hurts me is the fact that kids from my background are academically the lowest achievers. As I said Poverty is something I m more familiar with, I grew up around scence like these. My parents divorced when I was 6, my dad he hasn t worked for the last 22 years and mum brought me up as a single parent on a rough council estate in the south wales valleys, my home county is infact presently the poorest area in the UK. However it wasn t until I went to university that I realized that not only was I in actual fact poor but I was also working class. Now class can be subjective; my mother says class is about education and where your going but my dad says its where your form.

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I agree with the former, my father s view, its definitely where your from and it was university that made this clear to me. The people I met and the things I learnt about helped form this opinion and devopl my passion. Most of my peers at university where middle class and completely different from the people I grew up with and as a consequence when we were kids we d seen different things and done different things. I was quite shocked! And although I had lots of great friends and got on with everyone I met I still felt a sense of loneliness as I was practically part of a very small ethnic minority of working class students, which simply didn t seem fair to me as people at uni were no more intelligent than those I d grown up with it was just the aspirations that made the difference Also things I learnt that were important in forming my passion centered around business, politics and philosophy. These subjects helped me understand why the working class were not only a minority at university but also absent from the top jobs as a recent BBC documentary on social mobility revealed. I thought a lot about this at university and its something I ve become very passionate about and its something I want to change .This is quote I came across while at uni and its my all time favourite Now this quote, combined with both the inspiration from a course I attended called common purpose made me think of my own version. Now I mention common purpose because I think it was pivotal in turning my passion on action and since then I have gone on to create some changes I want to see. For example during my PhD I joined a couple of comittes the GSSC and the RSLC. Then in my 2nd I planned and organized a carrers day and invited speakers for a days event. At about this time I was also granted a place on the universities SPEE programe which stands for entrepreneurship in education and I was awarded £2000 to set up my own social enterprise for a year which was a huge success and taught me a lot However despite the success of the careers awayday and build enterprise they were projects that didn t really work towards my ultimate goal and passion to help end UK poverty and I ve come to think that the best way to do that is to inspire children from poverty stricken backgrounds similar to mine. Now when I talk about this passion of mine some people say I m different that I made it out because I could, because I m intelligent and the kids I grew up with are not. But I don t agree, Because I know there is a massive untapped potential on the estate I grew up on and every other estate in the UK And furthermore the situation is exasbrated by the ignorance of one class and the arrgonace of another. I believe the only way to remove these exasberating factors is education of both sides. So that university places are being filled up with people from richer backgrounds but less potential and so it has become my passion to work to inspire children from similar backgrounds to mine to succeed in whatever, whether its university or not and stop the poverty cycle.

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