Siobhan O'Brien

31 January 2007

Hi, my name is Siobhan. I am 18 years old and I live with my parents and my younger brother in Ruislip. I am at St. Joan of Arc School studying for my A-Levels in Drama, History and Psychology. After finishing my A-Levels I wish to go onto University to study Drama, after which I would love to become a Drama teacher.

Twice a week I help teach Drama to two Year 10 classes. I want to say a big hello to both my classes, I miss you and love you loads!

My hobbies include shopping, going out with my friends and sports. I’m not really a very sporty person, but I love watching any kind of sport, from football and rugby to ice-skating and athletics. I love going to Loftus Road to watch my team play, but seeing as I support QPR, we haven’t had much to celebrate recently!

I’ve always wanted to travel around the world and to work with children. During my gap year (which I will take after university, otherwise I’ll never go back to education!) I want to go to Africa and teach English and help with the charities they have out there.

I first heard about Udayan in lower school, but I became involved when I went along to help at the “A Flavour of India” night put on by the first group of students who went. Watching the presentation and speaking to the students about their experience really tugged at my heartstrings and got me interested and I knew instantly that I wanted to go. I spoke to Mrs. Weldon and told her how keen I was to get involved. Since then I have helped to raise money through selling Christmas cards, helping to run the sixth form tuck shop and helping to organise events during charity week.

I was so happy when Mrs. Weldon told me that she had picked me as one of the students she was taking. I know that the opportunity she has given me is once in a lifetime and I will cherish my time there. I am really looking forward to visiting India, learning about the culture and seeing what good the money we raised has done.

I have always loved children (probably stemming from having such a large family – over 40 cousins!), and I am really excited about meeting all the children of Udayan and helping out in anyway I can. I want to be able to go out there and make a difference, however small, to the lives of those who are less fortunate than myself. I know this trip will be a life changing experience and I will remember it for the rest of my life.

Finally I just want to say that I am going to miss my family and friends and I love you all lots and lots. x x x

Siobhan O'Brien