When I first decided to participate in NDP 2023, I had mixed emotions. My perception of NDP was shaped by stories from my seniors who described it as a physically and mentally challenging experience. However, I also heard tales of camaraderie and the immense pride that came with being part of such a significant event. Despite some hesitation, I seized the opportunity, and signed up for it anyway.

Since joining NDP, the initial worries and uncertainties have faded away, replaced by a profound sense of fulfilment. Despite the sacrifices made during the June holiday, I have come to realise that the personal growth and the memories forged during this journey are truly worth every moment of effort and determination.

I learned the importance of patience, resilience, and optimism, as the training progressed. The challenges I faced only strengthened my resolve, pushing me to exceed my own limitations. There were moments when I felt overwhelmed and on the brink of giving up, but it was precisely during those times that I discovered my inner strength and determination to keep going. The journey has made me more confident in my abilities and has shown me the power of perseverance.

Alongside personal growth, I have had the privilege of forging deep friendships. Throughout the training sessions, I had the opportunity to interact with fellow participants from different schools. Together, we navigated through the joys and challenges of this shared experience. These newfound friendships have enriched my journey, fostering a sense of camaraderie and unity that will forever hold a special place in my heart.

Participating in NDP has also reinforced my positive views of the Girl Guides organization. The values of teamwork, discipline, and dedication that Girl Guides instils in us were instrumental in my journey. The organisation has provided a supportive environment and a platform for personal growth, empowering young individuals like myself to make a difference.

As I reflect upon my journey, I am filled with gratitude for my family’s unwavering support throughout this endeavour. Their encouragement and belief in me kept me motivated during the most challenging of times. Their presence in the stands during the actual event will be a beacon of pride, reminding me of the significance of this momentous occasion.

One of my birthday wishes for Singapore is that it continues to foster unity, resilience, and progress. May we always strive towards a society that values diversity, empathy, and sustainability, ensuring a bright and promising future for all Singaporeans.

Among the countless memories created, one stands out as my “core memory” from NDP. I was deeply honoured to be elected by my NDP trainees to receive the Star Award, which acknowledges outstanding individuals who have made a significant impact during their respective training sessions, at our very first training session. It was a humbling experience to be recognized and appreciated for the effort I had put in, igniting a fire within me to continue working hard and to make a positive difference to those around me.

As the training sessions draw to a close, I am filled with relief, knowing that the momentous day is approaching. However, I am determined to treasure every remaining moment of this unforgettable journey. NDP 2023 has taught me unforgettable lessons, allowed me to forge everlasting friendships, and deepened my love and pride for Singapore.

I am immensely grateful for this opportunity, and I am eagerly looking forward to contributing my heartfelt dedication to making NDP 2023 a celebration of unity, resilience, and joy.

Putri Delisha Binte Abdullah
Loyang View Secondary School