My name is Andy. I am 26 years old and work in a North London state school as a teacher of Sociology and Deputy Head of Sixth Form. You may understand all Sociology teachers to be Atheist, left-wing and professors of dry humour. Whilst attending Alpha did not change the last two characteristics, it certainly changed the first.
I came to the Alpha course via a good friend of mine who encouraged me to take part. I went with closed feelings and low expectations, which is why I was immediately shaken by the reality of it all. Although I joined late (3 sessions in) I was really taken aback by the level of honesty, patience and good will I was able to engage with right from the first conversation. Although I initially wasn’t looking for nor needing this; it helped me answer all the questions I ever wanted answering, whilst allowing me to feel secure in the knowledge that some simply cannot be answered. Not yet anyway. And it doesn’t hurt to ponder them collectively either!
I would be lying if I said I did not enjoy the free food, but that wasn’t the only benefit of the course! If you are someone who prides themselves on having an opinion, on engaging in philosophical conversations, on being able to debate and discuss topical issues, or equally someone who likes their life experiences – whatever they are – I strongly suggest you come along. Why not?
Alpha has made a monumental impact on my life. I fundamentally believe that if you come as a sceptic, a doubter, a believer or a confused wondering nomad unable to place yourself anywhere in particular, Alpha has something for you. So don’t be shy, stop riffling through the TimeOut Top Ten Things to Do this week in London and commit to a series of stimulating, fun and thoughtful Alpha meetings. Whether you bring a friend, or just yourself, you are very welcome.