Alumni Stories will be a collection of posts from past HOBY participants about their experience pre-HOBY, during HOBY, and post HOBY. Hope you enjoy and are able to be inspired by these amazing individuals!
Brittany Rupp - Wisconsin HOBY 2012
My Life Before HOBY:
My name is Brittany and my life before HOBY was pretty normal. I had volunteered a few times before and from those experiences I gained many great memories. I had never really understood or thought about the significance behind the word “volunteer”. By no means did I ever realize how one hour of my time could affect so many people. That was until about two weeks before coming to HOBY, when two of my friends died in a car accident. It was such a tragic event, but I never realized how much those girls impacted my life until they were taken away. One of the girls had over 200 volunteer service hours at the humane society. By giving a little bit of her time each week, the lives of so many were changed forever.
My Life During HOBY:
During the HOBY seminar I met so many amazing people. This was an experience I am so glad I did not miss. It really opened my eyes to the change that young adults like me can make in the community. Nothing has ever changed in silence. You must speak loud and speak proud and HOBY gave me the confidence to do that. We did so many fun projects and learning activities. In addition to the life changing skills and opportunities that HOBY provided, I will never forget how to spell the word OUTSTANDING!!! That one word pretty much sums up my experience at HOBY-an outstanding one that has changed my life and one that I will never forget.
My Life After HOBY:
After leaving HOBY I have made it my personal goal to live the way my two friends would, to do a good deed every day. It can be something as simple as giving a welcoming smile or offering to help carry a heavy load. It doesn’t matter how big or small the things you do are. Everything you do leaves an impact, so make the most of your life, and help change the community in which you live.
This is a reminder that J-Staff applications are due in one month, December 1st. Also National wear your HOBY t-shirt is this Friday. This is a great way to promote HOBY at your school! If you need an applicaiton feel free to contact us through our contact page!
Do you remember how much fun you had at your seminar? Do you remember the upbeat, enthusiastic, semi-crazy people that were always leading you in cheers and getting you excited about activities? Did you ever think to yourself, "Some day I want to be like them?" Well your day has come!
For those of you who don't know me, my name is Rachel Treinen and I am serving as Alumni Advisor for the 2011 Wisconsin Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. I was a 2006 alum, served as J-Staff in 2007, and Program Assistant in 2009. I have been serving as AA ever since. You are receiving this email because you have attended a HOBY seminar in the past two years (2010 or 2011) and we would like you to apply to return as part of our Junior Staff (J-Staff). If you are receiving this email on behalf of your son/daughter and/or a student, it would be much appreciated if you could pass this information on to them as we would like to encourage everyone to apply.
I am writing to let you all know that the J-Staff applications for the 2012 seminar are being sent to you right now. Unfortuntately we are not sure what the date of the seminar will be this year. It will be about the same time, last weekend in April. It will be at UW-Oshkosh again.
Remember the requirements?? If not here they are again. 1. FUNDRAISE $150 2. Have an ambassador signed up to attend from your school 3. Complete your 100 hours for L4S AND 4. Commit to spending a fun filled, sleep deprived, OUTSTANDING weekend with the HOBY Staff. The applications are due by Decemeber 1, 2011. NO EXCEPTIONS!
If you have any questions feel free to let me know! PLEASE let me know if you cannot open the files!
I know you all had a fantastic time at your Wisconsin HOBY Seminar (whether it was just last May or 10 years ago!) Wisconsin HOBY would like to hear from you about your experience... feel free to email our Alumni Director to stay connected!
Also, don't forget to keep logging your L4S (Leadership4Service) hours on HOBY's website.