During the weekend of October 12, the Air Force Academy in
Colorado Springs held a leadership summit. Aya Ahram (2014, Biology), Tamara
Lhungay (2014, Biology), Rowena Benedictos (2015, Pre-Nursing), Lubna Mazin (2015, Biology and Chemistry),
and Derrick Gallegos (2016, Pre-Med) attended the event. The theme was "Inspire
Although Rowena originally thought the summit would be about
celebrating leadership, it ended up being about much more than that. "A lot of the
concepts they discussed were really applicable to everyday and it was really
refreshing to have those moments of reflection and soul searching."
Students went over various leadership concepts, such as "Leadership is our natural self-expression," and also listened to a guest
speaker while eating smores. The summit applied leadership to all sorts of
activities, from making chili to getting across an obstacle course. At the end,
students were asked to choose a word
that they wanted to be described as. After saying their word, students received
dog tags that said, "Are you being the person you want to be -
Rowena chose the word resilient. "No matter the situation that life
throws at me, I want to be always able to change the context of that situation."