Q&A with #BRYTs2014 Challenge winner Elizabeth Bamford

Wednesday, 3 September 2014  |  Admin
Elizabeth Bramford

Where do you study?
At Fakenham College in Norfolk. I'm taking Philosophy and Ethics, Phycology, Sociology and Health and Social Care as my courses.

Tell us more about your passion for music and athletics?
Music has given me potential to expand as a person and express who I am. Taking up the clarinet has increased my confidence as I’ve attended many concerts and soirees, and the music exams I’ve taken have helped with my self-esteem. In athletics, softball and badminton help release stress and take me away from the pressure of exams and life.

What are your personal goals?
I’d like to achieve the next stage for clarinet. I passed my grade one with a merit and hope that I do as well in stage two. Athletically, I want to try and get back into gymnastics in some way; sadly because of the age restrictions I couldn't compete anymore but did volunteer as a coach for many months. My personal goal is to volunteer again as assistant coach and encourage more children into the sport and help them develop their skills.

What is your main ambition in life?
To travel to and live in New Zealand. My family has always lived in my home town, my grandparents live round the corner, my uncle lives up the hill and my auntie lives two doors down. However, my maths teacher once said, "This town is like a bubble, no-one gets out.” That struck me because my family have never moved away. I'm determined not to be the same - I want to explore my boundaries and get out of the bubble.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Hopefully across the other side of the world in New Zealand - I am currently saving all of my earnings to visit the country. With my career, I want to be a social worker that finds new families and homes for disowned children. I like the idea of finding a safe haven for children who don't feel like they're safe.

Do you have a skincare regime?
I use a cleanser to remove make-up and oil on my skin, and an exfoliator to remove dead skin cells and reduce breakouts. I also use a spot treatment twice daily because I’m particularly prone to spots due to being a teenager. Sometimes in the morning I also use a moisturiser to stop my skin from getting dry.

How important is looking the part to you?
Looking the part is a kind of communication, it expresses who we are as individuals. I think it’s important because it shows off our personalities and the things we enjoy, which then makes our society more diverse and cultural.

Do you think there are enough opportunities for young people?
I think so because our generation is becoming more active. Many young people are going to clubs and taking up hobbies, and lots are starting work early. The majority already have a chosen career in mind - even if they don't, the law now says that young people have to stay in education until the age of 18 so it gives them time to work out their future. There are also more government schemes to encourage young people to try new things.

Who you do admire for their talent, drive, ambition or achievements?
Gossip Girl actress Leighton Meester. I admire her as a role model because even though she has had a lot of personal issues, she has picked herself up and lived her dreams. When she was born, Leighton's mother was in federal prison and so for many years was not around. However, this just made Leighton more open-minded and non-judgmental, and she has regained contact with her mother. This proves that even if the beginning is bad, it’s no guarantee that the end will be. 

What three things do you believe you need to make it in your chosen career?
Social workers find abandoned children a family and a home for safety. I therefore need empathy, to be able to put myself in their shoes and understand what they're going through. To listen to and acknowledge their problems, and work out how to help. I need to be open-minded, as each situation may not be as straightforward as it would first seem. Everything is a possibility and I cannot be judgmental to circumstances or events. Finally, a good education with good qualifications - especially in health and social care - which will help me respond to situations.