• Krystal Ajilore

Meet Tom: Our University Outreach Intern

(I’m the one in the grey t-shirt)

Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you joined beBrave?

I currently work as a freelance writer, and have a professional background in social care. I graduated with an English BA from Cambridge in 2019. During my time at university I worked a lot in Access programmes, mainly liaising with school groups from Hammersmith and Fulham.

Ensuring that entry into higher education is as accessible and fair as possible is important for so many reasons; I am excited about the potential of the beBrave Network towards this goal, and am eager to contribute as part of their team!

What have you learned about yourself this year?

Like pretty much everyone else this year, I think resilience has been a huge theme! I worked in domiciliary care throughout the pandemic, and was surprised by how well I could handle myself in high-pressure situations and emergencies.

I would also say that I’ve found a new capacity for entertaining myself, which has been essential during coronavirus! During the initial lockdown I cycled through just about every single Covid cliché, from rearranging the entire house, to cooking, to learning a new language, and so on.

It’s Friday afternoon, what’s on your Spotify playlist and what’s for lunch?

I have really eclectic music tastes, but recently been listening to a lot of Little Richard (who passed away earlier this year); I love learning about the stories behind different musicians, and Little Richard’s is more extraordinary than most! He reinvented himself so many times, and lived exactly the way he wanted to. Even today, 60 years after the peak of his fame, he still seems ahead of the curve in so many ways.

For lunch, I’m a big fan of Italian food; risotto or pasta are always a favourite! :)

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