Life at UCB through the eyes of our student bloggers

You are you-nique!

Hey everyone, how are you doing?

I know I start a lot of my posts by saying “I hope you’re staying safe” but you can’t be too careful, even though we’re starting to see change in the easing of the lockdown – so, I hope you’re staying safe.

Today I wanted to talk about your you-niqueness (or uniqueness). It’s one of the things that maybe should have been on my list as one of the things students worry about because I think it is, don’t you? The truth is that we are all unique, none of us were created to just blend in with the crowd, but sometimes, we still worry about fitting in.

Starting anything new can be worrying, whether it’s a business venture, a career, moving house etc. and then there’s starting university, which presents all sorts of personal challenges for different people. I’ve learned some valuable lessons in going to uni – everyone has strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes and that means that we are all different, but don’t dull your uniqueness.

It’s okay to be the quiet one in a class discussion. It’s okay to be confident too. It’s fine to go home after class while your classmates go out for drinks. It’s okay if you peel your banana from the bottom instead of the top. It’s okay to wear non-branded trainers while others wear the latest trends. If you’re left handed instead of right handed, that’s just who you are. If you have an interest in baking over physiotherapy, that’s okay. Colour your hair red or black, it doesn’t matter… embrace your uniqueness.

Being a person of Christian faith, I’m proud to represent my uniqueness and these are some of the biblical truths that help me to embrace that and find security in who I am:

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

What is the price of two sparrows – one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.

You know when I sit down and when I get up. You know my thoughts before I think them. You know where I go and where I lie down. You know everything I do.

From one man He created all the nations throughout the whole earth.

Just imagine – there is no-one, absolutely no-one like you! No-one has your footprint or your fingerprint. That means that you are 1 in 7.8 billion (the world’s population) – as I said, unique!

Having a faith means that I am encouraged by the truths that point to my individuality and can encourage others, and that’s a gift that I’m glad I can share. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post.

Have a great weekend.


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