This is a guest post very kindly provided by Lisa Tucci.
Lisa is the Programme Director for SuperCamp Italy where Teens and Tweens from dozens of countries go to learn how to live to their full potential.
The next camp is from July 31 2017 to August 7th and is held in the amazing Dolomite mountains in beautiful Italy.
The post below was written by one of SuperCamp USA’s previous students Nita Rao. Her story is about how her experience at the SuperCamp taught her resilience and gave her the confidence to go on and follow a career in medicine.
If you would like to know more about the SuperCamp Italy and how it might benefit your child in the same way as it did Nita, please contact Lisa at SuperCampItaly@qln.com
This is a really cool video which shows you what you (and your kids) can expect.
When I was 13 years old at SuperCamp, our counselor asked us what we wanted to “be” when we grew up.
He gave us each a square plank of wood and asked us to write our goal on one side of the board and then the obstacle that stood in the way of achieving that goal on the other side.
Being a typical teenager, I thought this was silly and that being an adult was so far away in the future. After being encouraged to take this project seriously, I thought about what to write.
At that time, my only “job experience” was volunteering at the local hospital as a candy striper, a small job, but nonetheless something I enjoyed.
I then began to think about medicine and how I wanted to be a doctor.
I knew this was a very hard goal to achieve but at the time, it was the only thing I could see myself doing. So on one side of the board I wrote the word “Doctor.”
I thought about what would prevent me from achieving this goal.
I laughed and thought that there would surely be several obstacles on that path including getting into medical school, studying long hours, passing exams, and giving up some of the best years of my life.
So, to simplify this, I wrote the word “Grades” on the other side of the board.
Our counselor then told us the second part of this project. He told us that he would hold the board with the obstacle side out in front of us and we had to basically karate chop it and break it with our hands.
Me, having no athletic ability and minimal strength, knew this was going to be difficult. I was the last person in my group to go, and everyone else who went before me broke their board on their first try.
Finally, when it was my turn, I nervously attempted punching the board. It… did… not… break. Embarrassed and discouraged, I rapidly attempted this again, this time, mustering up every ounce of strength I could. Again, nothing.
The board stayed as intact as possible, almost mocking me. I could tell everyone was watching me and I felt humiliated, I wanted to run away.
My counselor took me aside, and told me that sometimes in life you are not always able to get what you want, that you have to work very hard, and, if at first you don’t succeed, you have to try and try again.
He suggested I try breaking the board in a different way. So I chose to use my foot. He lowered the board for me and I slammed my foot down as hard as possible.
That darn board finally cracked.
My journey through medicine has been very similar to my experience breaking that wooden board that day at camp.
I have had ups and downs. I have been discouraged to the point of wanting to give up. Medicine has pushed me, it has challenged me, but just like breaking that board, I have never given up. Every time medicine has tried to knock me down, I have kept fighting for my dream.
So today, after receiving my long-awaited board scores, I am happy to announce, that I am now officially a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician.
And I will never stop trying to break that board.
SuperCamp Stanford 1999