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Outward Bound taught me self-control and positivity
Sarah Atkin, recipient of a BCITO Mana Wāhine Outward Bound Scholarship, attended an Outward Bound course in 2018.
Sarah and her watch mates didn’t know what they were getting themselves into at the beginning of their course. Sarah says, “When I first arrived at Outward Bound I was nervous and excited. I had never done anything like this before. I knew there was a high chance that we would be doing cold water dips some mornings,but that was all I knew. I wasn’t prepared for how much the course would affect me mentally.”
Sarah’s Outward Bound course was attended by about 80 young construction apprentices who were split into groups of 14. Sarah says, “I liked the supportive and friendly atmosphere on the course. There was a real community feel to the place. Everything one person thought or did affected everyone in my group.
“Being on the course really put into perspective how negativity affects a person’s behaviour and attitude. I learnt how key communication is. If you didn’t communicate properly on course, nobody could help you and you couldn’t help those around you who might have also be struggling.
“From now on I am going to be focusing on being more positive towards everything and trying to reset my mindset to be more positive instead of negative - to keep reminding myself that no matter how bad a situation is, my attitude and mind set is still mine to control and can sometimes be the difference between unbearable/impossible and enjoyable/achievable.”