Posted: By Nicola on 12 May 2013 Filed under: Personal Comment(s): 1 (Add your's?)
Recently I signed up for a programme called NCS (National Citizen Service) which is a scheme run by the government to encourage 16-17 years in England to try new things and make the most out of their Summer. This was a really big deal for me because not only are all of the activities completely out of my comfort zone but also none of my friends decided to sign up meaning I'm going to spend 4 weeks with complete strangers. The programme includes:
One week of camping and trying various outdoors activities.
One week of living as a student at a local college where I'll be doing activities such as video making (which is an incredibly big deal for me due to having a huge fear of being in front of a camera).
One week of organising a project to aid the community.
One week of actually carrying out the project planned the previous week.
Despite how completely terrified I am about whether the people there will like me, and also trying so many new things with nobody familiar there to help me through it, I really think this will be beneficial to me as hopefully it'll give me the confidence to try new things more often. The programme also has other benefits as at the end I will receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister which will also help me to stand out later in life when I'm applying for jobs, etc. I really hope this inspires you guys to try new things and step out of your comfort zone more, especially if like me, you often shy away from doing things due to having little confidence. I was inspired to write this blog by the lovely Zoe Sugg who recently posted a video on YouTube about how saying "yes" more often has helped her with anxiety and panic attacks.
If you want to find out more about NCS you can check out their official site for details about how you can get involved (whether that is taking part in it yourself, or if you're above the age of 17, volunteering in mentoring and supporting those who are taking part). Song of the Day:
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