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    I mean, I have almost nothing on my CV:
    - Grade 4 piano
    - I failed my bronze DofE
    - literally nothing else

    NCS seems like a good idea, but I'm actually terrified at the thought of it. Firstly, the whole 2 weeks of residential is putting me off greatly, and secondly, I am socially awkward, anxious etc... whatever it is. I literally will melt (not in a good way) at the prospect of being thrown into a bunch of stuff with a group of people I don't know! To put this into perspective: I need to also do work experience next year, and the thought of going into the workplace is scaring the living daylights out of me so much that I am considering not doing it (although, of course I have to, what with the extensive amount of blank space on my CV).
    I get that I need to step out of my comfort zone (I occasionally do) but I can imagine NCS being this:
    1. me being really awkward and basically not talking
    2. it being a tiring 3 weeks that I regret doing
    3. me being really awkward

    Should I do it? My main problem is I think I'd regret not doing it (I don't want to go to prom either, the only thing that is stopping me from completely not going is the fact that I might regret it) IDEKKKK
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    JUST DO IT!. Stop thinking about what could go wrong. You'll meet a bunch of cool people, learn new skills and even build confidence
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    You should definitely do it. I wanted to do it but my parents are strict so they didn't allow me to go and i regret because i've heard from quite a few people that it was really good and fun.

    You'll never know until you try
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    how old are u?
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    DO IT. IT IS AMAZING. it will help with your social anxiety.

    i really cant express how amazing it is. i wish i could do it again. i wouldnt change a thing.

    you cant not talk, they have so many group activities. from the second i got there our leader was doing icebreakers. The Challenge is for all kinds of people.

    i remember at one point i was on the verge of tears before we did our hike. i was just feeling alone and walking that far? jesus! but i just got involved and my group were the best.

    you'll regret one way or another. pls dont make me have typed all this for no reason.
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    NCS is bloody fantastic! i went in summer, and went to Scotland. I made a bunch of new friends, who are all like me - socially awkward. It's a really fun experience. You always regret the things you don't do, rather than the things you did.
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    (Original post by cherryvizz)
    I mean, I have almost nothing on my CV:
    - Grade 4 piano
    - I failed my bronze DofE
    - literally nothing else

    NCS seems like a good idea, but I'm actually terrified at the thought of it. Firstly, the whole 2 weeks of residential is putting me off greatly, and secondly, I am socially awkward, anxious etc... whatever it is. I literally will melt (not in a good way) at the prospect of being thrown into a bunch of stuff with a group of people I don't know! To put this into perspective: I need to also do work experience next year, and the thought of going into the workplace is scaring the living daylights out of me so much that I am considering not doing it (although, of course I have to, what with the extensive amount of blank space on my CV).
    I get that I need to step out of my comfort zone (I occasionally do) but I can imagine NCS being this:
    1. me being really awkward and basically not talking
    2. it being a tiring 3 weeks that I regret doing
    3. me being really awkward

    Should I do it? My main problem is I think I'd regret not doing it (I don't want to go to prom either, the only thing that is stopping me from completely not going is the fact that I might regret it) IDEKKKK
    I did NCS last year. There will be people there like you. It will be impossible to
    not talk. It was fun.
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    I did it this summer just gone and honestly it was one of the best experiences of my life. I am also really socially awkward and everything, but I really enjoyed it and met some amazing people that I still message loads. I was also terrified, the only people that I knew that were going were people I didn't like, so I kinda panicked, but once it started it was amazing. The first week you go to PGL or a similar thing and that really bonds you as a group. It is a psychically and emotionally draining week (especially if you're like me and are terrified of heights) but it makes you go from strangers to super close in literally about 2 days. When I was at home for the weekend between the first residential and the second I couldn't believe how much I missed my group. It seemed so weird not having them there! Even the most socially awkward people there came out with really good friends and had a great time. I cannot stress how amazing this experience will be, I wholeheartedly suggest you do it. You will definitely regret it if you don't
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    (Original post by cherryvizz)
    I mean, I have almost nothing on my CV:
    - Grade 4 piano
    - I failed my bronze DofE
    - literally nothing else

    NCS seems like a good idea, but I'm actually terrified at the thought of it. Firstly, the whole 2 weeks of residential is putting me off greatly, and secondly, I am socially awkward, anxious etc... whatever it is. I literally will melt (not in a good way) at the prospect of being thrown into a bunch of stuff with a group of people I don't know! To put this into perspective: I need to also do work experience next year, and the thought of going into the workplace is scaring the living daylights out of me so much that I am considering not doing it (although, of course I have to, what with the extensive amount of blank space on my CV).
    I get that I need to step out of my comfort zone (I occasionally do) but I can imagine NCS being this:
    1. me being really awkward and basically not talking
    2. it being a tiring 3 weeks that I regret doing
    3. me being really awkward

    Should I do it? My main problem is I think I'd regret not doing it (I don't want to go to prom either, the only thing that is stopping me from completely not going is the fact that I might regret it) IDEKKKK
    I am just like you - not sure whether to apply or not because I'm not great at interacting with people I don't know but I'm gunno go for it because as my mum says it's easy getting the grades but what separates you with no good aspects on your cv with someone who has? So I'd say yes do it live in the moment it could be the best thing ever and I'm hoping I'll discover a new me and become more social hopefully ps if you do it where are you based?
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    I felt the exact same as you did, but still went for it. I find that it has allowed me to be more confident and social when in situations like that. I would defiantly recommend it!

    DO IT!
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    (Original post by xGCSE_Studentx)
    I am just like you - not sure whether to apply or not because I'm not great at interacting with people I don't know but I'm gunno go for it because as my mum says it's easy getting the grades but what separates you with no good aspects on your cv with someone who has? So I'd say yes do it live in the moment it could be the best thing ever and I'm hoping I'll discover a new me and become more social hopefully ps if you do it where are you based?
    Exactly! I have literally nothing on my CV, so I'm not really unique and my CV won't really stand out from the crowd

    If I do it I'd be based in London, you?
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    (Original post by cherryvizz)
    I mean, I have almost nothing on my CV:
    - Grade 4 piano
    - I failed my bronze DofE
    - literally nothing else

    NCS seems like a good idea, but I'm actually terrified at the thought of it. Firstly, the whole 2 weeks of residential is putting me off greatly, and secondly, I am socially awkward, anxious etc... whatever it is. I literally will melt (not in a good way) at the prospect of being thrown into a bunch of stuff with a group of people I don't know! To put this into perspective: I need to also do work experience next year, and the thought of going into the workplace is scaring the living daylights out of me so much that I am considering not doing it (although, of course I have to, what with the extensive amount of blank space on my CV).
    I get that I need to step out of my comfort zone (I occasionally do) but I can imagine NCS being this:
    1. me being really awkward and basically not talking
    2. it being a tiring 3 weeks that I regret doing
    3. me being really awkward

    Should I do it? My main problem is I think I'd regret not doing it (I don't want to go to prom either, the only thing that is stopping me from completely not going is the fact that I might regret it) IDEKKKK
    On a serious note, I was in the exact same position as you. I didn't go in the end and now I regret not doing it BIG TIME!! I suffer from mild social anxiety but I was never brave enough to face my fears. Honestly, not doing the NCS is one of my biggest regrets in my life because all my other friends that went would constantly talk about how much fun they had, while I would just sit their quietly. Its also a great thing to put your personal statement so forget about your social problems or whatever, everybody is probably going to be just as scared as you are on the first day so don't worry. If you don't do this you will regret it.
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    (Original post by cherryvizz)
    Exactly! I have literally nothing on my CV, so I'm not really unique and my CV won't really stand out from the crowd

    If I do it I'd be based in London, you?
    I'm gunno be based in Leeds
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    yo definitely definitely do ncs I did it this summer and I would 100% recommend it. I am the worst at talking to people and I can find it really hard to make friends with new people. So on the first day we were sitting around in our teams (you get put into teams of approx. 10 to 12 people who you basically spend the majority of your time with) and I'm not going to lie, it was a bit awkward and uncomfortable. No one knew what to expect, or what the other people would be like. I was super intimidated by all these other people. But by dinner on the first evening, I already felt so much more relaxed and at home. By day 2 I genuinely trusted and felt comfortable with my team. You literally meet some of the best people ever, and it feels weird to not see them every day and I actually miss them. You do so many things that you probably won't ever do again.

    So yeah. Don't worry about it being awkward, because they literally throw you into these activities that mean you need to communicate and stuff. They choose activities that basically speed up the process of becoming friends so that you actually can't help trusting your team. And if you don't feel like talking, people will respect that. These people will be your team. They have your back. And yeah. The weeks will be tiring and exhausting. I'm not going to lie about that. But you will have so much fun and I promise you you won't regret it. Just go for it.

    (and also you get this mentor attached to your team of 10-12 who does everything with you and they are so caring they will make sure you're ok with everything especially if it looks like you're unhappy)

    yo also if you have any other questions and want to message me feel free
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    (Original post by cherryvizz)
    I mean, I have almost nothing on my CV:
    - Grade 4 piano
    - I failed my bronze DofE
    - literally nothing else

    NCS seems like a good idea, but I'm actually terrified at the thought of it. Firstly, the whole 2 weeks of residential is putting me off greatly, and secondly, I am socially awkward, anxious etc... whatever it is. I literally will melt (not in a good way) at the prospect of being thrown into a bunch of stuff with a group of people I don't know! To put this into perspective: I need to also do work experience next year, and the thought of going into the workplace is scaring the living daylights out of me so much that I am considering not doing it (although, of course I have to, what with the extensive amount of blank space on my CV).
    I get that I need to step out of my comfort zone (I occasionally do) but I can imagine NCS being this:
    1. me being really awkward and basically not talking
    2. it being a tiring 3 weeks that I regret doing
    3. me being really awkward

    Should I do it? My main problem is I think I'd regret not doing it (I don't want to go to prom either, the only thing that is stopping me from completely not going is the fact that I might regret it) IDEKKKK
    Ah, it's really good fun I didn't think I'd socialise much, but I'm still friends with most of my team, even though it's over a year now since we did it
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    how tf did u fail bronze dofe? did ur expedition team get eaten by a bear
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    (Original post by cherryvizz)
    I mean, I have almost nothing on my CV:
    - Grade 4 piano
    - I failed my bronze DofE
    - literally nothing else

    NCS seems like a good idea, but I'm actually terrified at the thought of it. Firstly, the whole 2 weeks of residential is putting me off greatly, and secondly, I am socially awkward, anxious etc... whatever it is. I literally will melt (not in a good way) at the prospect of being thrown into a bunch of stuff with a group of people I don't know! To put this into perspective: I need to also do work experience next year, and the thought of going into the workplace is scaring the living daylights out of me so much that I am considering not doing it (although, of course I have to, what with the extensive amount of blank space on my CV).
    I get that I need to step out of my comfort zone (I occasionally do) but I can imagine NCS being this:
    1. me being really awkward and basically not talking
    2. it being a tiring 3 weeks that I regret doing
    3. me being really awkward

    Should I do it? My main problem is I think I'd regret not doing it (I don't want to go to prom either, the only thing that is stopping me from completely not going is the fact that I might regret it) IDEKKKK
    It would definitely help you CV and maybe give you more confidence well.

    Also if you do the autumn programme, it is only 3 nights away for the residential, and then you do the university/skills bit (whilst staying at home) for another 3 nights. You do the community project on evenings and weekends.

    It gets the same recognition as the summer programme, so if you are nervous about it, or unsure, it is a lot less time to dedicate to the project and you have more time at home.

    To do the autumn programme i think you need to sign up soon.

    Good luck!
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    (Original post by vis break)
    how tf did u fail bronze dofe? did ur expedition team get eaten by a bear
    Yeah, it's a long story (one that'll stay with me for the rest of my life).
    It was basically a disaster from start to finish xD
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    (Original post by cherryvizz)
    Yeah, it's a long story (one that'll stay with me for the rest of my life).
    It was basically a disaster from start to finish xD
    dw i got chased by a field of cows. was bre scary
 
 
 
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