Name: Abi Reeves  I’m 19 years old and currently studying English at the University of Bristol. I come from a little town called Horsham in West Sussex. I spend a lot of my time reading – for my degree and for fun – running, and playing basketball.

What would your dream job be?
My dream job would be to be a full-time writer.

Why did you come on the Catalyst Bootcamp?
I’m very interested in climate change and the idea of sustainability in general. When I studied an open unit on Sustainable Development at university I heard about the Catalyst Bootcamp and signed up for it.

What was your overall experience of it?
The camp was incredible and far exceeded any expectations I could have had about it.

 

What three things did you like about it most?
The best aspect of the bootcamp was meeting other young people who were genuinely interested in the environment.
It was also useful to meet women who already have successful careers related to sustainability.
Also the mentor scheme is an exciting chance to talk to one of these women in more detail. I even enjoyed the yoga, which I really wasn’t expecting.

Has it had any impact on your day-to-day behaviour? If Yes, can you give any examples?
I am generally more confident and feel much more motivated to try and inform other people – especially family members – on the state of the environment and our responsibility to work for change within and without of our own household.

What would you like to say to the sponsor who supported your bursary?
I can’t thank you enough. I would not have considered doing this course if it hadn’t been sponsored. I had a very long summer (3 months) and this was the best experience of the entire holiday. It’s seems a cliché to say it, but I will never forget the time I had on this bootcamp.

If you were recommending the Bootcamp to a friend, why would tell them they should do it?
The bootcamp doesn’t last long but within that time you meet so many wonderful people, you have a great time, and you end up leaving the camp feeling much more optimistic about the future.

Do you have any other comments you would like to share?
If someone is considering doing this bootcamp but feels as if the whole bootcamp/motivational group experience is not for them, bear in mind that I was one of those people. I am often sceptical about many of the aspects included in camps like these (mindfulness, public speaking and – of course – yoga) but I enjoyed every minute of the experience, and still look back on it with happiness. I honestly can’t recommend it enough.

Bookings are now open for the 2020 Catalyst Bootcamp and Mentoring programme 2020! http://bit.ly/CBtickets2020