I went into this experience second guessing why I was here. My birthday was the day before, the camp was five days long, and it was right before I had to leave for college. I originally turned down the nomination offered to me by my Dean of Students. Looking back now, that probably could’ve been one of the biggest mistakes I ever made in my life.
Leadership Iowa University has opened my eyes to so many new and exciting things. Des Moines is actually a very interesting city, and is growing economically and commercially every day. We met so many people that worked and lived in Iowa that would never want to live anywhere else. I never really knew where I wanted to live, but now I know that there is a great possibility that I will stay in Iowa. It has so much to offer me and my future family.
Leadership Iowa University was such a new and exciting experience I absolutely cannot wait to tell people about it. It has helped me in so many ways, and I believe that it truly has given me the resources to be successful in life. One of the things that I dreaded the most about this was our networking sessions. Like many of the kids I was not one to just run up to someone and strike up a conversation, but now I know that it is an essential tool that I need to use in my life.
There was so many activities that we did on the trip it is hard to point out my favorite, but the day we spent in Pella was a great eye opener for me. These people were so devoted to their community it was such a great thing to see the sense of family that community had. Also, the day we visited the capital was one of my favorite days as well. I always thought of going to the capital as something you do on a 6th grade history trip, but that capital was absolutely beautiful. Every room I entered my jaw dropped and I couldn’t help but say, “Wow.”
One of the most impacting things that I will never forget about this trip however is the people that I met. Those other 20 students plus Kay, Sarah, and Wade are just absolutely amazing in their own ways. Everyone was so nice and helpful, and they really do just want to see you succeed. Even the business people and the speakers that came to us were truly sincere and wanted to help you to succeed in every way possible.
Leadership Iowa University has opened my eyes to so many possibilities, even the sad realization that I will probably be changing my major. The Holmes Murphy Insurance Firm was one of our speakers at the Blank Park Zoo, they talked about their company and some internships. I became highly interested in their company and what they believed in. I will be applying for their internship in the fall, and hopefully with the help of everything I’ve learned here and my outside experiences I will be fortunate enough to get the internship. A company that I didn’t even know existed was made aware to me by Leadership Iowa.
I truly cannot say enough good things about this organization, they truly are self-less people that just want to see others succeed to ensure the welfare of Iowa. I am so happy that I was able to participate in this experience and will hopefully someday be able to participate in the adult one as well. I cannot begin to thank you enough for everything that you have done for myself and the other students!