Lauren Vito: Reflections on Summer Camps in Leeds
Today was the last full day of the summer camp where I served as a student ambassador working with high school age students to prepare them for university. This week had some long days but it I wouldn't have changed the experience for the world! The other student ambassadors welcomed us with open arms and made it seem as though we were one of them, despite the differences in our cultures. Throughout the week, both English and American students learned so much about each other. It was a learning experience all around, not just students interested in attending university but for the college-age student ambassadors as well.
Throughout the week I was worked with those students interested in Art as a career. Within the art strand there were 2 group: Creative Technology and a Fine Arts group. On the last day students worked on what was called 'dragon den'. Students needed to form groups to create a product that was related to their strand. They had to work together to make key decisions about what their product should be, what audience it was aimed at, and how to market their product. They had two hours to conceive, design and present on their product to professors within the department. While the project was somewhat challenging, I was amazed at how well the students worked together and how well they had actually presented their product. They spoke with great confidence and they were very proud of the product they had created.