Write On Sports has been a great experience for me the past three years. When Duane Stoltzfus told Maija and I that we could come back as “mentor campers”, we were very excited. I love writing and working with people. The past two weeks combined those things very well; I got to write a feature story and film a news report, but I’ve also been working with the campers to help them fine tune their writing.
The experiences I’ve had as a Write On Sports camper since 2014 will help me as I go into high school this fall. I want to eventually be a full IB student, and I’ve learned skills through this camp that will help me a lot with the classes I’ll be facing. For example, I’ve been taking much better notes. When I took notes in the past, I would just write down the main idea of something, accompanied by a few vague details. Now, when I take notes, I write down many details, quotes, and points.
I’ve loved being treated as both a camper and a staff member. These past weeks, I’ve gone from having conversations with my younger peers to giving the adults ideas about the camp. This made me feel like my opinion was important and valued; I’ve felt very helpful.
I’m definitely going to miss Write On Sports. Having participated in it for three out of the four years that Goshen has offered it, I’ve been able to see the camp grow. Comparing the sheer size of the group from my first year to now, I see that the camp has been publicized better, and I’m glad to see that campers are coming back from their seventh to eighth grade years.
Overall, Write On Sports has been a very helpful and fun experience for me, and I’m very fortunate that I’ve been able to participate for the past three summers.