DAWG CAMP! DAWG CAMP! The place to be!
I am now learning how true this phrase is! I was one of the unfortunate Dawgs who did not attend Dawg Camp as a first year student. At the time, I did not know what I was missing out on. I thought that I would rather enjoy the summer in my hometown rather than uproot myself earlier to attend this program before college actually started. However, working side by side with the amazing Dawg Camp Staff, I realized that I missed out on a huge opportunity!
Dawg Camp is a very special program that is staffed with students who truly want to make this program as efficient, wonderful, and as much fun as possible for incoming first-year students. We are devoted to making this program give students the confident satisfaction that they chose the right school. In a way, Dawg Camp is a pep rally for what is to come in the Fall.
Why am I here? To make this dream come true! Like I stated before, this program is devoted to making first-year students more acclimated to UGA and all that it offers students. The training process has been a thrilling ride! I have met so many people that I did not know before. I have made many friends through this program, and also have deepened the relationship with people I already knew. For example, a few of the staff members are actually my coworkers at the Visitors Center. We only get to see each other in passing, certain shifts, and staff meetings. Yet, Dawg Camp gave me a chance to see each of them in a different element. We really got to see the leadership skills of each other in this environment. It was refreshing. One of my coworkers told me that he was excited to hear some of my comments made in trainings because he got to see me in a leadership environment instead of just at work. I never forgot that comment because it really showed me how much Dawg Camp was bringing out my leadership skills and character. Though DC has allowed my skills to shine through, it has also shown me what I need to work on to make sure that I am a successful counselor.
Side Note: The counselor retreat was filled with COMPETITIVE team-building, deep get to know you games, fun ice-breakers, helpful workshops, wonderful bonding time, yummy food, a bonfire, and a HUGE dance party— One of the most amazing weekends that I have had here at UGA… And Dawg Camp is going to be 100Xs that!!
Needless to say, I am so excited about DAWG CAMP! I have been doing call-outs this week to inform students who have been accepted to UGA and invite them to Dawg Camp! You have no idea how pumped I was just telling people about Dawg Camp! I cannot believe that it is almost here! In a way, I get a weekend to relive my first year experience through this spectacular weekend of Dawg Camp!
I AM SO READY.
DC LOVE :)
PS: SILVA’S GOT THAT FLAVA!
PSS: Shoutout to my CO-CO Wes! :)