From a Student to a Coach
Leadership Academy was a consistent highlight of my three summers within high school. You wouldn’t expect it, but I used to be such a shy personality, unaware of my strength and confidence. After convincing myself to join leadership, something I had always longed to do but felt I wasn’t capable enough for, I realized I had found my calling and I had found my home.
Then came those couple of days of leadership camp every summer where I got to learn about my facilitation style, my personality and gain so much knowledge from my leadership coaches. As a student at camp, I was consistently supported by my coaches and peers and my confidence was able to flourish in ASB because I was in such a safe and welcoming environment. As the years went on, I became more confident in my leadership skills and was able to become class president for two years. From there, I applied to be a junior coach with leadership inspirations and worked with them the summer after my high school graduation. When I tell you that was one of the most formative experiences in my life, I promise I’m not lying. I took so much away from the experience, taking notes every chance I got.
I was navigating such a big change, going from my small scale ASB team to working on a much larger scale with full school leadership teams over the summer. I was able to practice facilitation skills with smaller activities, constantly provided with such confidence and support from the Leadership Inspirations community and staff. This Junior Coach position was the perfect transition period for me, containing moments where I was pushed out of my comfort zone in a way that was a little scary, but ended up furthering my adaptability skills and fulfilling my drive to learn more.
Truly, one of the most foundational tools I learned during this time was the importance of vulnerability and how important it is to create effective leadership. Feedback goes hand in hand with this and understanding how to receive and deliver feedback in different styles is extremely important. I’ll always treasure this lesson. I was able to apply everything I learned in camp to my life in general, even accelerating my path to mental wellness.
I’ve really come full circle being a full-time, summer coach today. I even led a program with Joe, who was one of my leadership coaches during my first time at Leadership Academy! How amazing was this adventure – wow. Even on Zoom, facilitating is so fulfilling and I wouldn’t trade the growth, smiles, and learning that goes on for anything. I learned so much about myself and others, and hope to inspire those around me and future students to follow the path and passions I found here with all these wonderful people around me.
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*Meet the Author*
Zz has been with Leadership Inspirations for about 2 years. She is currently studying Psychology, Public Affairs, and Education Studies at UCLA.
Favorite Quote: “And your very flesh shall be with great poem.” – Walt Whitman
Fun Facts: 1) I love art and painting 2) I love cheese but am lactose intolerant 3) My favorite food is tacos!