Letter To Your Younger Self

Lawrence Phimister

Lawrence Phimister - Automotive Engineering Student

I am currently in my final year of Automotive Engineering, due to graduate with an Integrated Masters. After doing my placement at Perkins Engines working as an Engine Development Facilities Engineer I was offered a Graduate Job with them and am due to start in 2021.

Dear Younger Larry,

The first thing I want to say to you, is don’t be embarrassed about being different. Starting with our name, Lawrence is a strong name, use it. Don’t worry about not having ‘a thing’ because I know you’re thinking everyone has one like people that are great at rugby, or maths or running and you are just 6/10 in it all. You are you, you don’t need just one thing, take a stab at it all.

Unfortunately for us both, even if you hate them at the time, mum and dad are often right. Take what they say as advice but in the end do what YOU want. Whether that’s asking to go to a party or choosing a uni, do what you want to do! If you don’t think you’ll be allowed somewhere it can’t hurt to ask, be more open, you’d be surprised. And most of all be honest with yourself.

“Ask yourself if what you’re doing makes you happy and you’ll work a lot of stuff out much earlier than I did.”

When it gets to big decisions choose your thing! When choosing a university don’t worry where it is, if people tell you the course is ‘too specialised’ or talk about Russell Group. Go with the one that feels right. This applies to everything, go with the heart. Visit them all and make sure to apologise to
dad for THAT one (you’ll know what I mean). The right one will lead to so much that you can’t even imagine right now. For now, just keep your head down, you’re going places.

I won’t lie to you and say everything is always great. There’ll be high and low points and times when you think you’re being silly for feeling the way you do but I promise there are people there for you, all you have to do is reach out. On the other hand, there are some people who you think will be there for you that aren’t so my advice is don’t try and please everyone. I know we don’t like conflict, but you can’t please everyone all the time, especially if it’s a detriment to you. Pick your battles but put your foot down when you need to, I promise it’s better in the long run. There’ll be a time when you have a pretty tough time of it, but you never know what’s just around the corner. For example, you’ll meet a little bundle of joy who loves Christmas and you.

Keep reading, hit the gym, watch films, love cars, be a nerd. It’s who you are. The people who matter will love you for it.

Make time for your family, call Greg more and see them as much as you can! Even if they drive you up the wall, they’re the best. Family is king.

Keep going, you’re smashing it.

Older you

Dear Lawrence Phimister