Day 1: About Me
My name is Naivit, what I hope to accomplish this week is to further develop my leadership skills - and find out more about others and myself. At this moment I believe that my motto is probably "If you can dream about it, then you can achieve it". One of the things that I love to do is to read, it doesn't only expand my knowledge, but it also gives me the freedom to travel to different places and to meet new people. I played on the JV tennis team at our school this year, needless to say I loved it, and plan to continue doing this sport all through out high school. My educational goal is to attend Princeton, or any ivy league college, with a full ride scholarship.
Day 2: Challenge Course
Our day began with having to run the mile at 6 am, I managed to run it in 7 minutes and 27 seconds - which personally is pretty good. After running we had breakfast, and that was delicious, as usual! Soon after breakfast we began to make our way to the challenge course as a massive group. Now honestly on the way there I was psyched, having bungee jumped last summer made me all that more confident, who knew that jumping off a bridge and climbing up a pole to stand on and then jump off would be any different. In the beginning we started warming up by doing fairly simple team building challenges - which were both enjoyable and helpful. One of the things that really stuck with me was having to blind fold your partner and then having to guide then through a tight obstacle course, if they touched any of the items placed in their way they would have to freeze until someone within the course would unfreeze them. Once my partner and I completed the course we were asked to compared the course to life, what we came up with was that the course was like life and that sometimes you have to blindly (literally) trust people to guide you through the obstacles that life presents to you. Soon after we built trust, we started harnessing up - at this point I was still over confident about my ability to handle heights and challenges. The first course I completed was one that required you to walk on a tight line and use your upper body strength to hold on and walk. The climb up the pole did shake me up a bit, but not enough to stop me from completing that challenge. The next thing I tried was the zip line, now that shook me up a bit more! It was intimidating standing on the platform and looking down to see how high in the air I was. It took some time for me to get used to the idea of walking off into the air, once I got over that fear and took off, it was a lot of fun!
Day 3: Small Groups
Today, most of the day we have been in the same small group. What I found out was that, although we all have different personalities, there are things that we all are interested in and have in common. There was a point in our day when we all sat around and talked about the things we believed in.
Day 4: Last Day - Sort Of
Today is our last full day here, it is bitter sweet because I'm ready to go home and see my family and friends, but at the same time I don't want to leave the memories that I have created with all the people here. We had a college fair/visitation, which we got to ask questions and learn more about the public colleges in Oregon. It was a little strange to think and put in perspective my decision of going across the country to go to college. Although my dream college is Princeton, I still keep my eyes open for other great schools near home.