How to be more awesome

A journal co-designed by World Merit partners and students from The Studio school recently launched in the school’s on-site cinema.

How to be More Awesome, written by Tim Slack and Suzanne Quinney, members of the organisation Appreciating People, has been designed to boost confidence and self-esteem, develop strengths and encourage young people to make positive life decisions.

Inspired by research indicating that the encouragement of positive emotions, wellbeing and gratitude promotes creativity and achievement, How to be More Awesome helps young people deal with difficult times and reach their potential.

A recent study, conducted by the University of California, showed that writing about emotions in a journal or diary produces a calming effect that can help individuals recover from distress and worry. 

Similar research suggested that keeping a journal provides an emotional release and helps prevent stress and anxiety.

In attendance at the launch on FrWorld merit book2iday, September 5, was Mike Taylor, Chair of Governors at The Studio school, Shaun McInerney, Principal of The Studio, Liverpool, Tim Slack and Suzanne Quinney of Appreciating People, and members of The Studio’s faculty and student body.

Shaun McInerney, Principal of The Studio Liverpool, said:”We want our students to be self-aware and skilled at building relationships so they can develop positive mind-sets that are essential for digital leaders.”

Shaun added: “The ability for our students to inspire themselves and others is important, and this book will help them do that.”

Co-designed by The Studio – a state-of-the-art school and sixth form, specialising in creative media, gaming and digital technology – How to be More Awesome will be available for use in classrooms or independent study.

The Studio actively seek to incorporate new approaches to learning including enterprising projects and work-based programmes for the innovators of tomorrow.

The journal is available to purchase from the beginning of September. 

  • World Merit is an international community of young people taking action to make a positive difference in their communities and abroad.