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“Don’t over stress, it’s just so unnecessary and really bad for your mental health"

Charlotte, age: 17

Studying: Motorsport Engineering at The MET

Went to: Downlands Community School in Hassocks

Qualifications obtained at school: 7 GCSEs

“GCSEs were very stressful and they don’t need to be. People make it so much more of a deal than it ever actually is. When you look at your CV when you’re older, employers don’t really care what you got in Art if you’re going off to do something completely different.

“Don’t over stress it because it’s just so unnecessary and really bad for your mental health.

“Success after secondary school is being happy and doing what you love - I know I do. Even being the only girl on my course I still fit in. I get along with all the boys and it’s great having competitions with them to see who can do things better!

“When you come to college you relax. The teachers are phenomenal, not just as teachers but as friends as well - they’re always there for emotional support and to have a laugh.

“I have no idea where I’ll be in 20 or 30 years’ time yet. Being on a course like this means I’ve got so many options to choose from. I could go to uni or do an apprenticeship or even go travelling with a race team. It’s really door-opening and means you can chop and change your mind and do whatever you want.”

She is sharing her story as part of The MET's #NoStressSuccess campaign on the YMCA Right Here 'FindGetGive' mental health support website for 12-25 year-olds at

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