We are incredibly proud to share with you our interview with past NGYTer Kelsey Davies, who is now 20 years old and currently completing a Paramedic Science degree at the University of Hertfordshire, with one year remaining until registration as a Paramedic.
So tell us a bit about your experience with NGYT.
I had heard a lot of great things about NGYT, and the opportunities it provides young people, as well as being really enjoyable. So, I was very keen to get involved myself. I joined a drama class initially with NGYT whilst I was in high school, and I auditioned to become a member of the Theatre company. I was involved in some performances with NGYT during this time.
What were your highlights?
When I think back to my time with NGYT, I can vividly remember having so much fun every single week. All the activities were so unique, and allowed us all to explore our creative sides. I really enjoyed that because it really felt like our ideas mattered and could be used to build something great which was reflected back in the performances. One of my fondest memories was the team dressing up in fancy dress to create an advert for the new Luton Busway.
What are you up to now and has your time at NGYT and studying Drama with David helped you in anyway?
Right now I am training to be a Paramedic, I have completed two years of this training so far and I have one more year to go. I have been spending lots of time on the Ambulance recently, developing my skills.
A key skill needed to be a Paramedic is quality communication skills, and I believe that my weekly drama lessons and being a part of NGYT really helped me to strengthen this.
Working with David through all of my high school years was definitely significant to me. At a time when you’re so young, and can often lack self belief – having somebody there to keep reminding you that you can do it, and you can achieve your goals – it really helps you to develop your confidence and start to believe in yourself. When you believe in yourself and have confidence, anything is possible and you can do whatever you put your mind to.
Where do you hope to be in 5 years time?
In 5 years time, I want to be working as a full time Paramedic with a couple of years experience under my belt. I would also love to have my own students and mentor them through their journeys.
What advice would you give to any young people and parents about pursuing activities like NGYT?
I would definitely recommend NGYT to anybody who has a creative side or who wants to develop one. Even if theatre and dance isn’t your favourite thing to do, you should give it a go and you might just surprise yourself! It’s a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and be a part of something that really matters, all while having a great time. NGYT is really great because Laura, David & the team work really hard to create the best opportunities for all young people which is definitely reflected in everything that they offer. You won’t regret it!