Hi I am Norma B. Ramirez G.
I was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. I am 16 years old, almost 17. One aspect of myself that i find unique, is that I place education as my number one priority. Most people SAY they do as well, but they do not necessarily mean it--but i do. Currently, I will be entering my junior year in Vale High School; but i already have my mind set on what i want for my future. Being successful in the political science and psychology fields is my life goal. I am here to learn more qualities of a positive leader. I am determined to develop as many skills as possible, in this Leadership Institute, that will aid me for any challenge that awaits me. As i embark on the path to reaching self-realization, learning how to be a more influential and inspirational leader will benefit me dramatically.
Challenge Course- Monday
As i stepped upon the moss green grass, my stomach began churning like a wash machine; my heart also began to rip out of my body. In the beginning, i was convinced that i would not place a foot on any rope or wood that could cost me my life; or so i thought. The instructors ordered us to put on the appropriate equipment, that would "PROTECT US." But with goosebumps running along my arms and legs, i knew that i would certainly not be safe. The gear they gave us tightened me up like chorizo. My circulation was not functioning correctly. Like an earthquake was occurring, my body began to shake. I could hear my mind second guessing itself. The adrenaline was boiling in my blood, but I was uneasy about whether it was a positive, or negative thing. Finally, i decided to relax and sooth the exhilaration rushing through my veins. I ate my fear, demolished my anxiety, and said i was next. One by one, girls and guys were swinging down the string of death aka the zip line. Finally, the moment of suicide came; but i took the chance, and climbed the pole engulfed with confidence. The solid ground was further and further, the more i climbed. I could feel the tingles in my feet, and the sweat dripping down my arms and puddling up in my hands. I was 90% sure i would fall to my death-- but i didn't. I reached the top. The instructor put the ropes on my gear, and down i was to go, but the fear of falling was holding my body back. Finally, i sat down and just dropped, but my hear stayed up. I saw my life flash before my eyes. Next thing i knew, i was in the air holding onto the rope as if it was a teddy bear. I gripped and clenched that 1inch diameter string like my life depended on it.
Well so far this week has been a for sure blast like no doubt. The activities that the staff prepares for us are very exciting and interesting. They all have a purpose behind them. The purpose, I believe, is to gain qualities to become a better leader. The most exciting activity to do was to play the sports outside on the file i think. This is cause it gives us a chance to work with other people, while still making new friends and creating ever lasting friendships. These people all come from different areas, and they all have different backgrounds. These differences can be used to help us engage in conversation and have something intriguing to talk about. It is barely the 2 day being in this camp, but it seems as if it has been one month already. I have established phenomenal friendships with people that live more than 9-10 hours away from us. We are being able to see the other side of the state as well as its people. By meeting these new friends we are also learning how to become better leaders by attempting to lead people we are not familiar with. Along with this we are also having to challenge our communication skills. All the skills we developed are going to be able to help us later on with our lives. Not always will we be able to depend on others to talk for us, or to talk to us, but instead we are having to initiate the conversing instead.