2014 Grad - Angel

Angel graduated from Envision in Bristol in 2014   -  By Richie Benson

It gave me a certainty in what I wanted to do in the future and that's given me a clarity of what I want to be and what career I'd like to follow. "

Envision project

 

Angel and his team were interested in stereotypes within religion. They wanted to alleviate all the negative connotations towards religions. They set up a social media campaign and organised educational events at their college where they invited representatives of different religions.

Doing now

 

Angel is at university in London, studying media and communications.

 

What’s your Envision memory?

When my group was formed we were actually all strangers apart from one or two. It's now been two years since the project but I'm basically best friends with all of them. Although we're all doing different things and in different places, we are like family."

 

 We had to overcome a huge barrier - our team leader had this vision of holding the event in an outside venue at College Green in Bristol (a big outdoor space) and this involved a lot of paperwork and red tape - insurance, council papers etc. It was a big task and it was quite a controversial topic, so it was a lot of work and effort. We all thought it was not a good idea and we had to tell our team leader we didn't want to go through with this plan. We wanted to be more realistic and practical and we thought it would be better to hold it in our college but the barrier was trying to tell our friend, whose idea it was, that we didn't want to go through with her plan. We had to make sure this wasn't personal but also persuade her that our idea was right thing to do in terms of practicality. You know it could have affected the whole vibe of the group and our friendship but we managed to do it and we are still friends."

 

 

 What did you get out of Envision?

It gave me a certainty in what I wanted to do in the future and that's given me a clarity of what I want to be and what career I'd like to follow. During the project I was creative director. I really enjoyed this role and it encouraged me to be communications officer for my second year of 6th form in the student union. From that I decided to study communication at uni."

Also, diplomacy and dealing with other people. How you communicate with people is key. Sometimes we shy away from saying how we feel because we don't want to hurt people's feelings, it's often about pride but if we put that aside and really communicate how we feel and what we think is right then that's how we get things sorted."

  Who’s your superhero?

 

It's a cartoon character - Fin the human from Adventure Time. His character is very real and grows with you over the 7 seasons. There are a lot of metaphorical things he says and does. He's a hero but he also goes through a lot of different phases. He can also be bad and he shows us that making poor decisions is not always a bad thing. He's basically a well rounded person and there is no form of masculinity about him. He's a boy but he doesn't pressure guys to be a certain way. He shows you don't have to be muscly to be a man; you don't have to be macho. Fin is pretty much what I want to be."

 What did you get out of Envision?

 

It gave me a certainty in what I wanted to do in the future and that's given me a clarity of what I want to be and what career I'd like to follow. During the project I was creative director. I really enjoyed this role and it encouraged me to be communications officer for my second year of 6th form in the student union. From that I decided to study communication at uni."