Damascus College student's article published in Exploring Teens magazine

CREATIVE: Year 11 Damascus College student Caitlyn Pitcher.
CREATIVE: Year 11 Damascus College student Caitlyn Pitcher.

A Skipton teenager has shared her learning struggles with Australian parents after an article she wrote was published in a magazine.

Year 11 student Caitlyn Pitcher wrote a first-person narrative that provides parent readers with a privileged view into her world.

The article was published in the May-July edition ‘Exploring Teens’ – an Australian publication aimed at helping parents of teenagers, arming them with what they need to know about the wellbeing of adolescents. 

An illustration Caitlyn did accompanied the article.

The Damascus College student said she was very crafty and thought the magazine suited her because it was about adolescents with different needs, including learning difficulties. 

“I also thought that it is a good way to spread my artistic talent around Australia,” Caitlyn said.

“Art is something I have had since I was a little kid, and I have been working at my talent since I was little, trying to expand my art knowledge by trying different mediums, but my favourite is using grey lead.”

Titled ‘Struggling to understand – A Teen’s Take’, Caitlyn’s article and illustration focuses on all the words and emotions involved with exams.

She writes about her personal story, and of her own struggles with learning. She now believes in herself as a leader and loves helping people, and is very keen to make a difference in the world.

Caitlyn’s favourite subject at Damascus College is the hospitality VETis course, where she is studying a Certificate II in Kitchen Operations.

She said this would help her achieve her dream of becoming a chef.