Hi Lexi, where do you live and what do you do?
I live in Auckland and I'm studying Fine Arts.
How did you hear about Outward Bound and our scholarship?
I heard from a friend about OB, she did it the year before in the winter and could not speak highly enough about it. She also applied for a scholarship so I looked on the website to see what was available and I applied for a Ka Mahi scholarship for the Classic course.
What were your reasons for applying for a scholarship?
I applied because I needed financial support. At the time I needed a challenge and wanted to grow. I love the outdoors and being in nature but I wanted to learn my own self-worth again and gain self-confidence in my abilities both mentally and physically. I wanted to be able to stand on my own two feet and be my own cheerleader when things get me down. I wanted to reset.
Was it an easy process to apply and get booked on a course?
Yes, it was very easy to apply and get booked on the course. When I had a question or wasn’t sure about something I would ring up and whoever answered were so helpful and kind.
How would you describe the overall OB experience?
Once in a lifetime! Amazing.
What were your highlights?
The sailing was a highlight for me. We were so lucky with the wind so we luckily avoided rowing for long periods of time! My watch was amazing and I learnt so much about sharing jobs and learning from others. Nothing beat dropping anchor on the cutter and lying under the starry night sky, above the sparkling water. A truly magical moment I will never forget.
Any low-lights or challenges?
I can’t say that there were many low-lights for me. There were times when I struggled for sure, the tramping made me realise that I’m slightly afraid of heights but I always learnt from these struggles and my watchmates were always there to lend a hand.
Did you discover anything new or surprising about yourself at OB?
Outward Bound confirmed some things for me; that it’s OK just to be yourself and trust that people will accept you for who you are. Being with my watch also made me realise how much I enjoy working as part of a team.
What learnings and/or goals did you take away from your OB course?
I learnt that there are so many hours in a day and that so much can be achieved if you plan, set your mind to it, and stay true to that plan. Plus, there is always enough time in a day to be outside enjoying nature.
What would you say to someone who’s uncertain about Outward Bound and applying for a scholarship?
I would say ‘Do it’ you definitely won’t regret it. It’s honestly the best thing ever!
What's next for Lexi?
I am completing my degree and enjoying life. Taking everything as it comes.
Lexi Kerr - Cook 650