After entering the Youth Case Competition for opioid intervention at UBC’s Let’s Talk Overdose conference in 2021, we provided UBC with a video update of our project’s progress in 2022.
This year, UBC invited us back to provide one of the opening presentations and sit on a panel during one of the afternoon sessions. We provided another video update and answered questions from a moderator and from conference attendees.
If that sounds like amazing success, it’s important to remember that we didn’t win the competition in 2021. We were one of four finalists, which is a good outcome considering we were all middle and high school students at the time. The remaining finalists were university students, and some had larger teams.
Winning isn’t a guarantee of success. Not winning doesn’t mean that your idea has no merit. What’s important is that you believe in yourself, continue to learn and grow, and persevere through the setbacks.