Day 1 at OMLI:
Hello! My name is Ana and I am going to be a senior this upcoming school year. I would like to share all my experiences at the Oregon Migrant Leadership Institute. Our first day here has already been a handful of activities and meeting new people. I am the only person here from my school so everyone I meet is someone new to me. The staff here is really great and funny and does a great job at keeping us entertained and not bored. My favorite part of day one was playing kickball and toro toro with the staff members. We all got to know each other a lot more, got us more comfortable with each other and was just a really fun activity.
Day 2 at OMLI- Challenge Course:
Our day started off really great and energetic. With warming us up with the mile in the morning, which I think I did extremely well on, and then we went on to do the challenge course which gradually had us start to push ourselves. The beginning of the challenge course got us really comfortable with all the mentors and some fun activities that really involved much communication and trust. Those were two really important things that you needed when doing the challenge course because when your 30 feet up in the air, your going to need to trust and communicate with the person that is keeping you safe up their. I personally am an adventurous person so the challenge course really brought out that side of me today. I tried to be the first person at every station and after I did it, I wanted to do it again! It was also the very first time I went zip lining which was a major adrenaline rush. The station I liked best was the power pole where you climbed a post and then stood on the top of it and there was a pole out maybe 8 or 9 feet in front of you and you had to jump off the post and try and hold onto the pole. Even though I did not hold on to the pole the whole experience was amazing! I got to talk to the mentors a bit to and they told me about the programs that you can get certified in doing those things on a daily basis and I am really interested in doing it!! Later in the day we went to the bowling alley that is on campus and we all had a really good time! Some of us bowled while some played arcade games and shot around some pool.
The activities before the challenging obstacles.
Day 3 at OMLI:
Today has been a lot of small group activities and discussions about a movie we watched called Constancia's Choice. We had to have two people from every group to go up and talk about what our group decided what her choice would be by the end of the movie. All the groups had similar ideas and we were all right! Some activities we did was draw out a Code of Honor. A code of honor is a shield looking figure where we put our motto of life, our heritage/values, greatest strengths, where we want to be in 10 years, and what we want to give to the world. It was fun to actually write out all the personal things on paper and be proud of what you stand for and what you want your future to look like. It was a way of sticking it in our brain so we have some sort of path to follow. Another last thing we did was draw out our lifetime, the first part of it was easy because it had already happened, but the difficult part was writing what we hope our life turns out like and at what age we want to accomplish certain things. It's been a good day so far and I'm excited for Dodgeball after dinner!
Day 3 at OMLI- Newport:
Our day in Newport was so much fun!! We first went to the OSU marine research department and did a few labs where we dissected salmon and did a scientific method about which types of crabs were the fastest. The crabs were a little freaky to pick up because their legs would crawl up on your fingers like spiders and was just a weird feeling! We then had lunch by the coast and after that we went onto the aquarium. The jellyfish section and the sharks were probably my favorite part of the aquarium. We saw some pretty cool jellyfish that looked like they were glowing in the dark in the tanks. Of course my favorite part of the day was going to the beach. I haven't been to the Oregon Coast in a while and from I remember it was pretty chilly but yesterday was a really nice day! I first went in the ocean with some friends then got warmed up by playing some football with the counselors and some of the other guys in the camp. It's always so much fun to play on the beach and being with MLI just made the experience so much better!
Thank you MLI Staff!!
I would like to thank the people who signed me up for this camp a huge thank you!! This was an amazing experience that i will share with everyone and hopefully I will come back in the future as part of the staff to be a part of this group again. I would also like to thank all the counselors that made this experience so much better! I became good friends with all of them and hopefully I will see them again in the future either here again at the camp or maybe if I come to OSU. I made many friends while being here that I will stay in touch with from here on out. I learned so much here and I discovered things about myself that I didn't know about before and hopefully will help me in the future! Thanks again MLI for everything!! :)