At the beginning of my summer as a Resident Counselor for a pre-college enrichment camp in San Diego, Bernie, my supervisor, stressed the importance of taking positive risks. His words followed me throughout the summer and still do today. He told me taking risks will open you up to new friendships, new opportunities and new experiences. If you don’t take these risks you will miss out on experiencing life. And this is how you really learn.
Responsible for creating a community amongst the twenty girls living on my floor, I planned a positive risk taking adventure to Cold Stone Creamery, a North American ice cream chain. The store was having a Survivor themed challenge. If customers ate a chocolate covered cricket, they would get free ice cream. All the girls ate a cricket, some chewing it, others swallowing it whole with their eyes closed. The quick and easy adventure bonded the group and launched a summer of positive risk taking. We all tried new things that summer. Whether it was riding a first roller coaster, breaking out new moves on the dance floor, sharing personal poetry or performing in the camp’s talent show, all of us grew immensely that summer from taking these risks.
This is one reason ROAM appeals to me so much. It takes bravery to travel to a foreign country, to immerse yourself in a new culture, to open yourself to adventure. ROAM inspires taking all these positive risks which will only make living so much better. I am excited to take positive risks alongside ROAM participants, both inside and outside the classroom. As we ROAM together we’ll learn together.
~dana kampman 2013