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International Women’s Day: If you could go back in time, what would you tell your teenage self?

In our adult lives, as we pursue careers and studies, juggle priorities, relationships and various other commitments, it’s sometimes easy to forget the younger version of ourselves and remember how we navigated through the challenges and feelings of our teenage years.

Did our experiences shape us into the adults we are now? If we could go back and reconnect with our teenage selves, what advice would we give and what knowledge would we share? 

As part of International Women’s Day 2021 (IWD) we want to recognise and celebrate what we have learned on our journeys so far, and what we would have loved our teenage self to know. 

We’re inviting Loughborough staff and students to write an open letter (of up to 500 words) to your teenage self. What would you tell them? Perhaps you would reassure them or tell them things that you wished you’d have known at the time.  

We will be hosting a live event on Monday 8 March where a selection of letters will be read out and shared by their authors. We’d also love to feature a selection of letters on our dedicated IWD webpages for those individuals who are unable to participate in the live event or would rather remain anonymous.

Letters can be confidentially submitted to – please state in your email if you’d like it to be anonymous or if you are happy to be named, and whether you would be interested in taking part in the live event. All staff and students are welcome to take part, irrespective of gender or any other protected characteristics.