Alt Ed Writes

A Short Introduction: Freddy Thong

Hi, my name is Freddy Thong and I am the newest member of the Alt Ed movement and wanted to quickly introduce myself.

Having struggled with mental challenges throughout my life, I understand the importance of this movement and therefore to be a part of it is a fantastic and meaningful opportunity for me. I hope I will be able to write some helpful and relatable content for you all to read regarding my own experiences, feelings, struggles and lessons I have gathered so far.

All comments and feedback are welcome and all opinions are very much appreciated.

A bit about me. I am a 20-year-old student studying Economics in my final year at Warwick University. I have an older brother (who graduated from Warwick in 2016) and my family are Malaysian, living in North London. However, since moving out at 17, I have lived with friends in West London. I play Rugby league here at uni and spend my time, when not in the library either, eating or relieving my stress in the gym. On the odd occasion you may find me sweating in downstairs Smack.

I have an interest in learning about the way the mind works and various philosophies on motivation and ways of living. I try to instil these teachings into my own life where I can. I often find myself talking to friends about how to improve our lives and other deep stuff; fancying myself as some sort of a philosopher.

I seldom talk about my own deep-rooted issues. However, as I have grown older, I have recognised the importance of opening up about the difficulties I am facing. I have found that, by bottling up emotions, one risks losing the ability to live a content and open minded life. Talking about my problems has allowed me to become clearer-headed in my decision making and much less of an angry person. This is why I jumped at the opportunity to share and write some content for Alt Ed and to be part of the force behind this mental health education it is fighting for.

Writing this benefits me and I hope that what I write may benefit you too. I will discuss my own problems and how I deal with them in later posts, so stay tuned. Of course, I still have much to learn and so I value your comments and opinions. Plus, if you feel like joining the team and writing some content or just to help stir this movement, then please hit us up or share our page. Thank you.

Freddy x

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