What it is to be Guarantee
Along with all the other opportunities for growth and support for Guarantee Scholars the Guarantee Scholarship Program identifies conferences that help scholars grow and develop as leaders. Our office provides the opportunity every school year for scholars to apply to attend an expense paid leadership conference somewhere around the country. In the past we have sent scholars to Boston, MA and Atlanta, GA for the National Center for Student Leadership Conference.
These conferences serve as a great way to develop yourself as leader on campus and in the community and attending fulfills a requirement for the Silver Leadership Challenge through the Office of Leadership and Service Learning, which all of our scholars are strongly recommended to complete.
You will find photos of students that attended these conferences and quotes about their experience below.
Juan Collazo, who attended the conference in 2012, said:
The trip to Boston was a very meaningful experience on both a personal and professional level. The workshops and speakers at the conference really gave me a different perspective on life and the future that I envision for myself. The message that most stood out to me was that the most important thing in life is to have a vision. For me that vision is to get into medical school but I had always asked myself if that vision was unrealistic.
Before the conference, I was always second guessing myself, wondering if I was aiming too high. At the conference, I learned that life is all about aiming high. The workshops and speakers emphasized that we must ask ourselves "How are we going to achieve a goal?" not if we are going to be able to achieve it.
The conference empowered me by giving me the motivation and guidance that I need to achieve my goals. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to attend this conference, it truly did have a positive impact on my life.
Savannah Tester, who attended the conference in Atlanta in 2011, said:
One of the speakers at the Atlanta conference that stood out to me was T.J Sullivan. He told us to ask ourselves the following questions: Who am I? Where am I going? How am I getting there? and Who am I taking?
I feel like these are questions that every person should ask themselves on a regular basis. I know my answers to some of those questions will change as my life goes on. As a leader it's important to know who you are at any given moment. You can't lead unless you are assertively YOU.