Alumni Spotlight: Brad Askew

Why did you choose this program?

The reason why I chose this program is that I was nearing the end of my matric and I was not looking to start university and I was struggling with my family on what next it is I need to do. Until my mother found out about Warriors and that it was offering a week to try out. In the end, I went for the taster and found myself needing more so I asked to join up for the whole thing.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

They planned and put into motion the entire year and so setting up food, accommodation, travel and all the activities.

When participating in a quest, we aren't told of what activities and courses we have coming up and, instead, they leave a lot of under wraps and so creating an amazing experience for us to bond through the sheer shock and awe of the activities, as for what we planned.

Was our extra money spent and laundry to be cleaned.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Learn to not worry about small things like people's opinions, what to do, how to act, what to wear, what to say because this year is about you and only you.

Let yourself be taken back by how blessed you are to be in this adventure free of worry about real-life worries like housing and food and gas bills or even work stress, so just make sure live it to its fullest.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Wake up and you're thrown into the thick of it by doing morning exercise at 6:30 am we then move into whatever we have planned for that day by our facilitators, which could range from hikes and cycling to courses teaching us vital life points about what we have to do overcome daily life in an ever-changing world, and with this emotional stability is how we grow and move on from Warriors.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

How to get past my struggles and what it was that held me down from my history.

They were able to teach me so much more than the face values I had learned at school and so I learned that, instead of trying to overcome my past and face life head-on, I was actually running away and I was finally able to deal with my feelings and my view of life became one of joy.

What did you learn during this trip?

What I'd say about my story is that I being younger than all of my peers I had a lot maturing to do in a very short time to do it and so I learned very fast over experience being with the fellow warriors of mine that I was not cherishing it as much as I should have, but by the third quest, I overcame that. I just wished I had learned sooner.