My name is Suad. I’m 17 years old and in the midst of studying for my A Levels. My Friends describe me as approachable, well-organized, and dependable. My key interests would be community involvement and reading. The diverse culture, as well as the variety of places to visit, are two of my favourite aspects of Bristol.

One of my barriers growing up would have been socialising with new people and getting out of my comfort zone. What motivated me into overcoming this would be trying new things outside of school for example volunteering. This was useful as it aided me to increase my self confidence and provided me with the ability to cope with new environments and also meet new people. Growing up my ability to access certain opportunities were limited in the sense that I wasn’t aware of the opportunities that were available outside of the school curriculum, joining Babbasa has been an important factor in helping me gain access to new opportunities available and aiding me with certain soft skills needed to do well in interviews etc.

I heard about Babbasa when I was searching for post-16 career opportunities. I was really interested in learning more about Babbasa and how they could help me become a better person and contribute to the Bristol community. During Babbasa we carried out many beneficial activities, to name a few facilitation skills and public speaking. Also during such a distant and uncertain time, I was able to make new friends and contacts, which I am thankful for. It’s very useful that organizations such as Babbasa exist to help young people network, find opportunities, and gain experience.

I feel very positive about the future and have a better understanding on what career I would like to pursue after my A-levels. My current goal would be to finish my A Levels and study dentistry at the university of Bristol. In the far future I would hope to see myself as a paediatric dentist and helping young children have a wider knowledge on opportunities outside of school. A piece of advice I would give to my younger self would be to take on more opportunities and to trust your intuition.