Motivational speaker helping to smooth the transition from high school to life

Claudia Monterosso.
Claudia Monterosso.

A BAYSWATER youth speaker aims to continue spreading her experience in transitioning into life after high school at more schools this year.

Former Chisholm Catholic College student Claudia Monterosso graduated from high school in 2015 and now studies at Murdoch University, majoring in law and criminology.

The 18-year-old joined youth organisation Alpha Motivation last year as a speaker and has delivered speeches to more than 1000 students across 10 schools.

Ms Monterosso said her speeches were based on motivation, resilience and teamwork.

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“Originally, it (the program) was coming together, bringing a few of my ideas and personal experiences into creating content for the speeches,” she said.

“Now that we have got that set for this year, my main role now is to deliver these speeches in a way that young people can really identify with and understand.”

Ms Monterosso said she tried to get students to relate to her on the same level.

“We are not trying to be bigger than them or speak down to them, we just want to be on the same level as them and let them know that it is not just them but a lot of other people have gone through it,” she said.

“We are trying to get through to the young kids that when things do go wrong, it is how you deal with it that affects the outcome.”

She said she wanted to continue motivational speaking and integrate it with her legal training in the future.

“I think with a degree like that, you are capable of making more changes for the big differences and I always believe we can all do better,” she said.

Ms Monterosso will be speaking at Churchlands Senior High School this week and Duncraig Senior High School next week.