rebelling against low expectations

AuthorJessica Shipton

Jessica Shipton is a twenty-year old student finishing her third and final year at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia. She is studying a Bachelor of Communication completing a double major in Digital & Social Media and Public Communications (Advertising). Jessica has loved writing ever since she could pick up a pen and enjoys travelling, whether it be on holiday or serving on a mission trip

Stop Seeking Validation From People


I saved this quote on my phone ages ago and the other day I stumbled across it once again. “If you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow that person to be your friend?” It got me thinking about the importance of self-love and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. I write about this often because it is something that I...

Don’t Grow Up Too Much


I was sitting on the train on my way to Uni the other morning when a group of people sat in front of me. Two little girls – around six years old and more than likely twins – spending the day out with their grandparents. I untangled my earphones and listened to music as I looked out the window, watching the same scenery go by as I do four times a week. An almost two-hour commute to Uni and the...

What the Ocean Taught Me About Rejection, Persistence, and the Future


The ocean is a mysterious, yet intriguing part of nature that continuously surprises me with the analogies it presents. I have learned a lot from the ocean, just by sitting and watching the waves touch the shore. No matter how many times the water gets pushed back and rejected, without fail it returns each time. It’s a personality filled with persistence, courage, strength and resilience that...

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Graduating High School


I witnessed my sister heading off to her Year 12 Formal the other day and I felt so incredibly proud. It was the beginning of the end to a long thirteen years of schooling and turning the page to a new chapter post-final exams. I came home from work the night of Aimee’s last exam and she was glowing. The freedom she had only been waiting for was now a reality. I hugged her, welcoming her to...

Your Happiness Does Not Depend on Anybody Else


It has taken me almost six years to realize that my happiness should not be hindered or hampered by the words or actions of other people. It also should not be wholly dependent on someone else — whether that be a friend, family member or significant other. It’s not worth it. Trust me. I did just that for almost four years. My first relationship began when I was fifteen and lasted...

10 Things I Hate About Myself


Yes, this is a rant post. Although it’s not your usual rant. It’s a rant about me, to me. The other day my best friend asked me that wonderful question: “If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?” But of course, rather than just making myself feel a small portion of self-loathing, I used up all the fingers I have to list a whopping ten. Unfortunately...

5 Hard Things I Learned in 2015


2015 was definitely a year of growing for me, so I have decided to share some of the lessons I learned. 1. Trust carefully. This year I have acknowledged the fact that I trust people way too easily. The reality is that people will disappoint you. It’s harsh, but it’s true and unfortunately it’s taken a few of these experiences for me to realize this. When you trust someone, you...

rebelling against low expectations

The Rebelution is a teenage rebellion against low expectations—a worldwide campaign to reject apathy, embrace responsibility, and do hard things. Learn More →