April 30th, 2009 University Student,
Thank You Zena
I am writing to say thank you for taking the time to visit my Psychological Explanations course and sharing your life story. Although, I have had a fairly stable upbringing, you inspired me. I learnt more from your story than I have
studying Psychology and Criminology for two and a half years! Your ability to explain why and how you did what you did was more telling than anything I have ever seen. I am proud of you, and thankful for your will to make this world a better place. I realized something that week you came in. I realized that myself, along with others often feel sorry (which we should) for the children who are being abused, mentally and physically, but as those children grow up our sympathy begins to dwindle. Yet, it is often in adolescence that the same children who were abused at a young age need structure and support more than
ever to make sense of their confusing past (although clearly there is often no end). Unfortunately, as a society we question their behaviour and choose to label them, destroying any lingering self- confidence. With the help from people such as yourself, it allows others to understand the importance of positive gestures toward others. I wish you were one of the guest speakers who came to my high school as I believe that many lives would be different today. In fact, because of my positive experience I have emailed my high school – where I
graduated from and strongly suggested you as a guest speaker.
You are an inspiration to all kinds of people and your love for others shines through when engaged with others. I have shared your story, and will continue to share your
story as it accomplishes more than just a shock factor; it helps people, all kinds of people. Thank you once again, your story is one that I will carry with me throughout my studies and into my life in general.