Finding my Purpose – One Fairy Tale at a Time


Living with Passion - My Fairy Tale

On entering university as a journalism student, my aim in life was to become a feature writer. However, it was not an easy road finding my purpose. I had encountered countless unsuspecting twists and turns that ultimately shaped my passion for writing and story telling. One of the most rewarding experiences has been my time at university.

The main thing my three years here has taught me is that goals change, people change, and that’s not always a bad thing. I now have a growing obsession with fairy tales and have created a website to share classic fables from around the world (Fair Tale World Tour). I myself, are drawn to the idea of storytelling, broadcast journalism and, at the other end of the spectrum, the design of magazines.

Following on from the fairy tale obsession, I am making a website and I’m hoping to reach over 500 people and then making it a donation site for Make a Wish. My aim is to set up fundraising events over summer to collect money for their great cause. As you may already know, Make a Wish helps change the lives of disadvantaged children every day. Just think, If every single person in the UK donated just £1, that would give Make a Wish over £60,000,000. Imagine what that money could do, how many wishes it could grant, and £1 wouldn’t even get you a cup of coffee. That is just a dream. However, by incorporating my passion for writing, with my desire to help disadvantaged children, I know I will be doing my part and enjoying the journey.

Speaking of writing, I would like to introduce to you one of my most influential authors, George Orwell. I found his writing to be hugely inspiring and would recommend his essays in particular to anyone with an interest in writing. The importance of reading has been well and truly drummed into my head; not only by lecturers but by the professional journalists and writers I’ve been lucky enough to speak to.

However, I’m still unsure of exactly what I want to do beyond university. All I know is that I want to make a difference. This uncertainty used to terrify me but now I have realised it’s okay to be unsure as long as you’re not giving up. I won’t pretend it’s easy; university takes a lot of grit and determination, especially if you’re working on the side to pay the bills. I currently work as a kitchen porter- not the most glamorous job in the world. But at least it’s is enough so I can still afford the occasional Starbucks and pay for gas and electricity!

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” ~ Dalai Lama

I came to Edinburgh as a shy, quiet girl, used to the peace of an island upbringing. Being thrown into the beautiful city of Edinburgh forced me to realise that to succeed, I needed confidence and fast. It did not come overnight; I was still shaking in my boots when it came to interviewing people and recording my own voice. It was very much an uphill struggle- everyone tells me now how weird they thought I was in first year.

Despite this, I got there… eventually. Thanks to a lot of hard work and (to be honest) pretending I know what I’m doing, I am now an annoyingly loud, confident, and ultimately happy aspiring journalist. There is still much that can be improved upon but there’s nothing wrong with taking a few minutes every day to reflect on how far you’ve come. When there’s a video camera about these days, I jump at the chance to be in front of it telling a story.

If I could go back in time and tell 18 year-old me what I’d be like today, she’d hide behind her badly dyed black hair, not believing a word of it. It really is amazing what hard work and dedication can do. I am very excited about what my future years will bring. Thanks for reading! If you have any comments, advice, or feedback, please leave your message in the comments below.

by Charlotte Woodley

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Charlotte Woodley
Occupation: University Student
Ambition: Famous writer