I’m Sophie and I’m 14...

"The course has helped with me with difficult relationships and helped me understand how to deal with them better. The people here make me feel more understood. The course has made me feel better and happier and it will help at school."

... And this is my story.

The Choices course was good, because it gave me a chance to talk about what was in my mind, both individually and in the group. There were questions that I felt I could answer and questions I was the only one who could answer. I have changed because I feel I can talk more now in a room full of people. I used to be scared that I could get it wrong and then everyone would laugh.

It was enjoyable and good because there was one to one coaching and I could talk privately to one person and not have everyone else know my business.

The course was not really what I expected. I thought it would be much bigger with loads of other people and schools. I liked the smaller group. I thought the course would be good for me because I don’t like talking and am not very confident as a person and it would be good for me talking to people I don’t know.

When someone compliments me and you are not used to it, it is really awkward but I am starting to believe it. Complimenting someone else makes the person feel good but also helps me feel good too.

I took down quite a lot of the barriers I wrote on my boxes. I still dislike a lot of the people at my school, but I’m starting to not let it worry me so much. I have four good friends that I can trust but I’m not so worried now that it isn’t more. I am happy.

My goals for future are to go travelling and learn another language fluently and be a counsellor. My short-term goal was to go from 96 to 100 subscribers on YouTube. Two weeks after the course I have got 113 subscribers.

People are nice and kind and friendly here. It is different to school. Exercises are good and interesting and useful to help me understand things better. I have learnt that people could be bullying you because of personal reasons and it is not that I deserve to be bullied. People have their own insecurities and their own personal lives make them say things and do things that are bad.

The course has helped with me with difficult relationships and helped me understand how to deal with them better. The people here make me feel more understood. The course has made me feel better and happier and it will help at school.