My name is Jennifer and I am 18...

The course has helped me become more confident. I work in this building and I have to help with big events and I was always really nervous about that but now I am more confident in helping out. I always felt like I was being judged but now I have got that out of my mind.

...and here is my story

When we had to write stuff on the boxes, it was surprising how many people wrote similar things and you didn’t realise that other people felt the same as you and it is not just you going through it.

I used to be quite confident but then about 8 years ago I was diagnosed with epilepsy and that knocked my confidence down and I felt like I was closed in and I couldn’t do much. That got me really down and depressed. I think I felt judged because of the epilepsy as there is some stuff you can’t do and the other students would say that I am scared or stupid but they didn’t know the reason why I couldn’t do things. I was ten years old when I was diagnosed.

I went to see a counsellor. It helped but only for the time I was there. I feel this course will help more long-term because it has helped me to see situations further in life instead of just now. The counsellor was just about what was happening at the moment but here it is life events. Now that I am more confident it will help me to look for a job I want to do. I’d like to go into police work. I think you have to be 21 before you can apply but before that, I am hoping that I can get some experience. I had some experience with police dogs and how that works as I did the animal course at Sparsholt college.

I’d tell other people to go on this course, because it can really help you discover who you are and find out what you are capable of. I find it easier to share things here that I have stuck in me for a while because I don’t feel judged. During my second year at college I was bullied but I didn’t tell anyone because I don’t like people getting involved because I feel it will make it worse. I was also bullied throughout secondary school mainly from year 9 to year 11.

November 2016