The beginning of Phase 2

So, as we’ve learned, phase 1 was incredible. I had so much fun and I loved all the people I have spent it with. I’m so glad that I decided to push through with the experience because I think I would have been sat at home regretting it by now if I hadn’t. Don’t get me wrong, phase 1 was amazing but I think phase 2 will be even better. The house I’m staying in was built in 1664 and it’s situated in Stamford which is one of the prettiest and quietest places in England (in my opinion). So far, I’m loving it here and I can’t wait to spend the rest of the week here with amazing people and a beautiful scene.

What is phase 2 all about?

So, phase 1 was about the adventure of life and all to do with challenging yourself and trying new things. But phase 2 is much different. Phase 2 is dedicated to independent learning and living. We were meant to be staying in a place where we would be cooking for ourselves and doing our own laundry but the place we were meant to be at was fully booked. Anyway, back on topic; in this phase, I will learn about CV writing, interviews and what employers look for in their possible new employees. I will spend my time here learning new skills that I will be able to use in day-to-day life along with the wider world.

Although I ended phase 1 on a bad note (blame my anxiety) I’m extremely thankful to everyone who convinced me to come back because although I think the whole program will be good for me, I also believe that this week will be especially useful because I wish to study at university and go into a difficult line of work (more about that in the near future).

My goals

This week, I’ve decided to set myself a few goals just to make sure that I’m doing everything that I possibly can to ensure that I’m getting the most out of this whole experience. I have decided to:

  • Participate in everything and give it my all – this will hopefully ensure that I have covered and learned about anything to allow myself to take away as much information from this as possible.
  • Push myself – this whole program is about ditching the comfort zone and right now I believe that I’m doing exactly that. Currently, I’m sat writing this were everyone is able to see me. I hate doing this because I think that people are more inclined to pick out my mistakes and tell me to my face whereas when they’re reading from behind a screen, they can’t say anything.
  • Have fun – I struggle to do this believe it or not. I struggle to be able to get out there and do something that I think will be fun. I’m not too sure why this is but I’ve never really been able to do this. This could mean that I’m going to be a massive dick all week that thinks he’s showing off or, it could mean that I’m just involving myself a little more.

I think that if I really try my best, I’ll be able to achieve whatever I wish in life. It doesn’t have to be based around NCS, it could be anything but I think it’s best if I start small.

What’s to come?

The best part about NCS is that I have no idea what we’re doing. I have a general idea but I don’t know what we will be doing day-to-day which is annoying but exciting at the same time. My anxiety is going a little bit crazy because I don’t like not knowing what I’m doing but having a general idea is really useful.

All I know is that I’m going to really get stuck in and JUST SAY YES. This is my one chance to really be me and I’m going to do it!

Yugen – An emotional response about the universe too deep to put into words.


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