My name is Jasmine I am 18 years old, I currently live in Swindon and have since I was born. The main thing I struggled with throughout my teenage years was having severe anxiety, however i am now going to start an apprenticeship in a retail based setting and am really proud of myself and am shocked by how far I have come as an individual.
I vividly remember the day that I joined Green labyrinth, a very hesitant and nervous person whom had recently left pre-16 at college and previously before that left secondary school early due to my lack in self confidence. To be completely honest, I didn’t even know a place like Green Labyrinth existed, a place where young people from all backgrounds, all with different circumstances were welcomed to attend. I really needed their help to grow academically and also to grow into an independent individual. As soon as I finished my first day I knew I had made the right decision- simply because everyone was so friendly and warm to me.
As previously mentioned, I suffered with severe anxiety and self doubt, the main fear of what was ahead in life and of the unknown, what was going to happen to me even in the next year or so.
Anxiety deeply affected the confidence I had in myself, as I would constantly worry and be self doubtful of my abilities to do almost anything; this included things as simple as going somewhere alone that I was unfamiliar with. The idea of going to work one day alone, learning to drive and be independent absolutely terrified me as I truly believed I couldn’t do it and that I wasn’t good enough to. Although I had completed all of my GCSE’s at college and had done well, I couldn’t recognise that and constantly told myself I could have done better.
Jasmine joined the Study Programme and completed her Level 1 and started her Level 2 BTEC in Workskills alongside Arts Therapy enrichment.
What help did Green Labyrinth give you?
That’s a very good question, and to be honest one that I would struggle to fit into a paragraph, as their help and support of me over the past year was absolutely immeasurable. But to put it as simply as possible, Green Labyrinth provided the feeling that you are with genuine, honest people, who really care about you and your personal progress as a person.
All of the staff treat everyone equally despite their differences and you feel like you can talk to them about almost anything. They not only will actually help you to advance onto your next step in life, but also provide the mental and emotional support in order for you to get there independently. You never feel rushed or pressured but get real caring support.
What progress do you feel you have made?
Really crazily amazing progress I have made from all of the support I have been given. I have truly grown and matured as a person in self confidence, independence and looking back am so proud of myself. I hope that doesn’t sound self obsessed but I am just being honest, in every way I feel I am a new person and this has affected all parts of my life.
The main change in my life recently being me going out, searching for an apprenticeship of my own, applying for it and successfully getting it; something I wouldn’t dreamed of doing even a year ago and am so excited for the next chapter of my life and so thankful for all the people who helped me get there.
Why did you choose Green Labyrinth?
I chose to join to Green Labyrinth as it was basically exactly what I was looking for and was overjoyed to get a place in the college. I really truly recommend it to anyone, obviously I can only speak from a perspective of having anxiety but from my experience they support anyone with any circumstance.
What was the best part of my time here?
I have enjoyed many great experiences at Green Labyrinth, from having great laughs, enjoying fun enrichment sessions, or having honest discussions about pretty much anything. But I would have to say one of the most memorable experiences for me was attending a pottery class, sounds random but it was something I really enjoyed doing and an opportunity I would never normally have. That is exactly what Green Labyrinth does, provides you with things that you would never normally do- all to build your confidence and have fun doing it.
Can you tell us about your future plans now?
I am really excited now that I am starting an apprenticeship in retail, and still not exactly sure where my future will lead me. But I do know that at some point one of my big ambitions has always been to finish learning Spanish and hopefully go to Spain for a year or so, the motivation for this is to go and do some preaching work because of my religious beliefs. I think I’ll just wait and see what happens but always remember to have a good time doing it.
Our Study Programme Centre Manager – Rayanne Ordette said:
Jasmine has grown in confidence and self-belief since I first met her last year. She is an able student and has worked incredibly hard to achieve her academic, personal and career-based targets whilst at Green Labyrinth. In 18 months, Jasmine’s dedication has not waned and she has worked hard to combat anxiety to improve her attendance and progress.
It was Jasmine who researched jobs and asked for support in interview skills in order to be as prepared as she possibly could for her Sales Adviser Apprenticeship interview. All that hard work paid off and I am incredibly proud to have been a part of Jasmine’s journey. It has been a great pleasure working with her and seeing her develop into a confident, self-reliant and work ready young person. I wish her all the very best for the future – well done!”