When I heard about Paul College hosting their first Leadership Camp, I was hesitant to apply. I didn’t know how this new dynamic would work and had reservations regarding how this experience would shape me for the future. After attending, I am confident in saying that Leadership Camp has given me more than improved leadership qualities, but rather a new outlook on life, the opportunity to meet so many like-minded individuals, and a new-found motivation going into the second semester of my sophomore year. Every single student who has gone through Leadership Camp in the past has always regarded it as “the best week ever” and after experiencing it myself, I could not agree more. In this excerpt, I won’t talk about what we did at Sargent Center. I will let you experience that! Instead, I will tell you about what I learned throughout this unbelievable experience.
- The best leader isn’t always the loudest person in the room.
Leadership Camp is filled with motivated students that all have a unique perspective on every situation. The environment created by all of us during the week made sure that everyone’s ideas were valued and included. When you’re able to hear everyone’s ideas you build a sense of trust with your group which means that it isn’t always necessary to take the initiative in every situation. It takes a leader to be a follower and a follower to be a leader. Recognizing that everyone has their own strengths is so important to the success of a group.
- Creating an inclusive community is so beneficial to problem solving.
Right when I got to Sargent Center, I knew that this group was one that I could be comfortable with throughout our time. As I stated earlier, I was hesitant to participate but I kept an open mind and everyone there was so supportive of all my ideas and responses. If this group dynamic didn’t exist, I feel as though my ideas and thoughts wouldn’t be valued meaning that my experience wouldn’t have been gain as much as I did. When it came to using our leadership skills and our critical thinking skills to solve complex problems, we were all very receptive to each other’s ideas which in result made us more successful in these activities. My goal is to bring a community dynamic like this to all my on-campus involvement because there was so much leadership development taking place due to this inclusive community.
- Be the change you want to see in the world.
Leaders can impact any community in a positive way by using a vision that will solve a problem. You don’t need to be a celebrity, a millionaire, or a famous philanthropist to make a difference. It could be as simple as sitting down and making a genuine connection with people if your vision involves seeing less technology and more human interaction. Everyone at Leadership Camp was committed to helping a community in need and when you’re in that environment, you are so motivated to committing to your vision. If you are committed to your values and your vision to help other people, there is no limit to positive you can have on those around you.
Leadership Camp is one of the most unique experiences that UNH can offer. Everyone who walks into Leadership Camp leaves with a different outlook on life and what their purpose is. After coming back on spring break, I came back to Paul College to more familiar faces and a different group of good friends. I would encourage every student to apply to leadership camp because this experience helped me to develop leadership skills, which is something that employers love to see, but also provided me an opportunity to forge relationships with other like-minded Paul College students who I wouldn’t have otherwise gotten to know.
Sean Hickey is a sophomore from Milton, Massachusetts where he is pursuing a degree in Business Administration focusing in Accounting and Finance in the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. He values the aspects of community and inclusion. Sean was a First-Year Orientation Leader and is a Peer Advisor where he embraces the role of sharing the University’s academic and social expectations. He is also a Senior Counselor at Camp Shriver which is sports inclusion camp in Boston that consists of children from low-income families and children that have special needs.
Sean likes to spend his free time being involved around campus. He currently serves as the Head of Service and Philanthropy of Alpha Kappa Psi and is a Principal in the Mel Rines ’47 Undergraduate Angel Investment Fund. Sean is also a part of the Senior Staff for June First-Year Orientation and works at the MUB in the Granite Square Station.