In this camp at first, I thought I wouldn’t fit in with kids with nationalities and who speak a different native language than me. Not only that, most of them were much older and taller- yet they welcomed me with open arms. It changed my viewpoint on programs like these, on leadership, on teamwork, and on friendships. Despite the hard bed and lack of toilet paper, I truly enjoyed myself and improved myself. Through just a short amount of time I felt content with my group, learned so much, and created an everlasting memory.
I had a great time at the Qingdao Leadership Convention. It was really interesting to meet new people from a different culture. Everyone felt very welcoming and friendly. For the first round, we worked with students from China and we had to learn how to work together even though we were not together very much. The Q&A section of our presentation was a little disappointing because we were told that there would be a translator but there wasn't anyone there to help us translate. This made it difficult for us to understand the questions and for us to effectively communicate our answers. The second round was the most challenging. Again, it was difficult to communicate with the Chinese students, but I was very fortunate to have a nice group. They tried to help me understand what they were discussing, however the subject that they were discussing was not one that I could relate to because of our cultures. I tried to contribute as much as I could but I felt that I was generally a useless member of their group. Despite all of this, I still learned a lot from this experience and had a lot of fun.