From June 19 to 23, the 2017 Korea Daily Leadership Camp was held at Pepperdine University. Participants, including rising 5th graders to rising high school seniors, learned how to design their own websites, choreograph songs, conduct their own interviews, improve their public speaking skills, and most importantly, how to become leaders.
I was excited to come back to make new friends and learn more about journalism when I heard that I would be attending this leadership camp again. The camp started off with a quick meeting discussing the jobs mentors had before meeting the mentees our groups. My group was the Flight Crew, and all of my group members were incredibly sweet and energetic. We then began to decide what song we wanted to choreograph. We eventually concluded on “ABC” by Jackson Five. Choreographing one minute of the song was quite tough, but it felt great seeing all of us work together. To become a leader, communication and public speaking is key. Learning how to speak up in front of a large group of people was scary, but when the lesson was over, I was more confident speaking in front of others.
This camp, for me, was an experience that I will never forget. It was not a camp merely filled with work and deadlines, but also a place where I got to meet new friends. Because we spent a whole week with our groups, we got so much closer with one another. My mentees never forgot to give everyone a good laugh. The mentors in the Flight Crew quickly became friends, and each mentor was so sweet and kind. Night time after the mentees had gone to bed was when the mentors forged stronger bonds with one another. The mentors and staff played games like Mafia and Killer, leaving everyone exhausted from laughing and talking by the end. I also met some of the greatest friends in my dorm as well as the other girls’ dorm. We all connected from the very first day of the camp, and the connection got stronger as the days passed. By the end of the week, it was as if we had all been childhood friends attending the same camp.
My friend Pauline states her second experience as a mentor at the camp as “able to grow not only as a leader but also as a person through this camp”. She states that she formed unforgettable friendships as well as learning from the mentors. Whether it was dancing or writing an article, it contributed not only to becoming a leader, but to herself as a person.
Overall, this camp was filled with amazing people and amazing lessons. I would recommend this camp to everyone who wants to hone their leadership skills while making unforgettable memories. I cannot wait until next year to come again!