The Importance of Giving Back

Faith-Brynel Pomell shares how she plans to inspire and empower others this Christmas and in the New Year with her professional gifts and popular podcast aimed at students

My name is Faith-Brynel, and I’m a 21-year-old King’s College London Politics graduate, podcaster, and CEO of Faith Brynels Insights. My nanny Pansy instilled in me the mantra: “Do your best, and God will do the rest,” which I’ve carried with me throughout my life. This guiding principle is deeply rooted in my Christian faith, through ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me’ (Philippians 4:13).

My educational journey has been exciting. It all started in a local Catholic school, where I learned early on the importance of navigating differences and finding one’s voice. I moved to Edgbaston High School for Girls, a fee-paying institution, which introduced me to the intricacies of social dynamics and different study skills.

My next destination was King Edward VI College in Stourbridge, where I encountered the privileges granted to teachers’ favourites. I learned to adapt and navigate these challenges. I discovered my passion for fairness and justice and led a deputation during Black History Month to address concerns with the school’s leadership.

At a crucial juncture, when most students were preparing to transition to their preferred universities, I faced the LNAT (Law National Aptitude Test), a piece of the puzzle for studying law. Unfortunately, I missed the information about this test and was subsequently rejected from Oxford University. Then the pandemic hit and I, like others, had an unconventional A-level experience.

But then came the unexpected twist. I received an offer to study Politics at King’s College London. As I moved to London in September 2020, I faced the challenges of adapting to a new environment. I adhered to my Christian principles, which attracted unwanted negative attention. However, with prayer and my father’s guidance, I shifted my mindset from ‘the hunted to the hunter’ and took charge of my situation.

In mid-2020, I launched the Faith Brynels Insights (FBI) podcast, where I share my experiences of being bullied, relocating to a new area, and overcoming adversity, and by 2021, it was featured in the King’s College London newsletter for its valuable, student-worthy content. The King’s College London United Nations Association (KCLUNA) presented me with the Most Improved Award. Our reach continues to expand, with a podcast that reaches 41 countries; it has a strong social media presence, and collaborations with various organisations.

A recent free event, ‘Navigating Your Career Steps’, received a positive response, and we have plans for more events, a podcast course, mentorship programmes, and workshops.

As we head into the Christmas period, I am giving back to the community through mentorship, events, and work experience opportunities. Giving back to others who are less fortunate is key. In the last month I have mentored a 12-year-old to change her mindset, and I have spoken with eight kids at a local church on mindset, resilience and never giving up. Why do I share this? I share this because of the importance of supporting each other. Next year we will be launching an ambassador scheme for students to represent the FBI brand. They will also gain work experience opportunities and networking alongside myself and entrepreneurs to build their career.

Christmas is a time to reflect on the current year, before entering a new one, which is where the New Year’s resolutions are introduced. While we celebrate the birth of our King Jesus Christ this year, let’s remember that Christ looked out for the needy, the poor, and the desolate. Psalm 68:6 KJV says: ‘God setteth the solitary in families; He bringeth out those which are bound with chains.’ It is throughout the year – but especially in this period – that I sit with the leaders of tomorrow through Zoom calls, mentorship, workshops, and sessions. I tutor children through LOGOS West Midlands CIC with a key focus on their skills. Let’s remember the importance of giving, just as our Heavenly Father gave His Son to die for us.

Let’s keep moving forward, stay inspired, remembering that it’s not an event; it’s a journey. Your journey can begin now. God bless!

Faith-Brynel is a 21-year-old Politics graduate from King’s College London and an aspiring barrister. Listen to her podcast Faith Brynels Insights (FBI) on various podcast platforms. Connect with Faith on LinkedIn.

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