Georgia HOBY Newsletter:
Eighth Edition, September 24, 2013

Featured Alumnus: Peter Fechter '13

HOBY isn’t just an organization, it is a family. I didn’t know what to expect when I was pulling into Berry College, but as soon as I stepped out of my car I was swarmed by a crazed group of Junior Staff. At first, the songs felt awkward and I was too shy to talk to anyone. However, only 5 hours later, I was screaming “OUTSTANDING DOUBLE CLAP!!!”, singing my heart out about “da moose”, and swinging my hips to “ALRIGHT-ALRIGHT-ALRIGHT” with my fellow HOBY’ers. Two of my fondest memories of HOBY were the talent show and the personal stories we shared with each other on Sunday night. It shocked me that 48 hours ago I didn’t know any of these people but at that moment I never felt more comfortable speaking in front of a group. They weren’t strangers any more they were family. Not only did I make new friends at HOBY, but I also became truly passionate about service through the life stories of the speakers. Saying my last raspy, tear filled goodbyes to everyone was really hard but I was ready to go home and not only make a change in my community, but also “Redefine Normal”. My HOBY mindset stayed with me an today I am Eagle Scout teaching others, an Executive Member of the Augusta Red Cross, and a dedicated member of my school’s Service Club. HOBY made me more passionate about helping others. More importantly, it changed my view on life and how I view others. Our redefining normal theme has encouraged me to appreciate the views and lifestyles of others and allowed me to see how OUTSTANDING they are. HOBY was the most OUTSTANDING experience I’ve ever had and I wouldn’t think twice if I had the chance to do it all over again. One HOBY speaker shared a quote with us that I live by every day, “Choose to breathe, do not inhale simply to exist”. 

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