Just four days ago, I had the opportunity to be an ESU jury. My job there was not only to judge and decide; along with the other juries, who this year’s winner would be, who would go to the competition in London, but I was also given the chance to be a mentor. This meant that I was able to help prepare the students who were going to compete the next day.
For me it was a great experience as I was able to listen to lots of different opinions and ideas, see different types of personalities on stage and be part of this incredible competition, now from the other side of the road.
This year`s winner was Agustina Aedo, a very talented girl from Redland school. Her speech impressed me above all because she seemed to be really into what she was saying. She expressed all the emotions in a way that made us all experience what she was telling us. She started the speech saying: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never break me”, then she told us how she used to get bullied at school. In her speech she made us understand that words indeed can break your bones, that even though we may know the real truth, we tend to believe what society tells us. So, in the end, the message was: “Believe in the truth you have inside”.
I hope to have the chance to be a jury again to experience these incredible two days, with new different opinions and ideas.